Donald Allen Gorton, 73, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, following a long, courageous fight with cancer.
Don was born March 5, 1940, at home in Squirrel, Idaho, to Floyd W. and Renee C. House Gorton. He grew up in Lamont, where his family farmed. He graduated from North Fremont High School in 1958.
Don enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1958. He trained at the MCRD in San Diego and served in Okinawa; London; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Vietnam; Parris Island, S.C.; Pensacola, Fla.; and Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he retired in August 1978.
On Feb. 14, 1962, he married Rosalind Mary Fenton in St. Anthony. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on June 17, 1970.
He returned to Idaho and settled in Teton City, where he lived the rest of his life. He received his associate degree from Pensacola Jr. College and his bachelor's and master's degrees from Idaho State University. In 1983, Don earned his social work license and was employed at the Juvenile Correction Center in St. Anthony from 1979 until he retired in 2010. He also worked part time at Hathaway Construction for several years.
Don was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1961 and was an active member and served in many capacities. He enjoyed fixing things, going on drives and visiting his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalind; children, Monique (Bart) Riley of Lyman, Celeste Tonks of Sugar City, Russel Gorton of Salt Lake City and Erin (Zack) Bowen of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren, Blake (Anjanette) Riley, Beth (Christopher) Maybee, McKay Riley, Amy, Laura, Kaitlyn, Nathan and Mathew Tonks, and Will Bowen; one great-grandson, Parker Maybee; and siblings, Gary Gorton of Grants Pass, Ore., Jeri Morgan of Priest River, Idaho, and Shae Matrix of Kingman, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two baby brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Teton LDS Chapel, 44 W. Main St. in Teton City, with Bishop Craig Carter of the Teton 2nd Ward officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Bert Flamm Mortuary, 581 E. First North in St. Anthony, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow in Teton-Newdale Cemetery, where military rites will be performed.
The family suggests donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute at www .huntsmancancer.org/giv ing, or the Perpetual Education Fund at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 E. North Temple, Room 1521, Salt Lake City, UT 84150.
Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.