Donald Allen Gorton, 73, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, following a long, courageous, fight with cancer.
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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, Calif., 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 of 1978.
On Feb. 14, 1962, he married Rosalind Mary Fenton, in St. Anthony, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple June, 17, 1970.
He returned to Idaho and settled in Teton City, where he lived the rest of his life.
He received his associates degree from Pensacola Jr. College and his bachelor and master's degree 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, Utah; and Erin (Zack) Bowen, of Henderson, Nevada; 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 Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Teton LDS Chapel ( 44 W. Main, Teton City, Idaho) with Bishop Craig Carter of the Teton 2nd Ward officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Bert Flamm Mortuary (581 E. 1st North, St. Anthony) and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the Teton-Newdale Cemetery, where military rites will be performed. The family suggests donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute at www.huntsmancancer.org/giving/huntsman-cancer-foundation/donate-online or the Perpetual Education Fund at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 50 North East Temple, Room 1521, Salt Lake City, Utah. Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.
Bert Flamm Mortuary
581 East First North St. Anthony, ID 83445
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Sept. 12, 2013