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Donald Paul Tovey


1946 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Donald Paul Tovey Obituary
Donald Paul Tovey, 69, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away peacefully at his home on February 26, 2016. 
He was born November 12, 1946, in Malad, Idaho, to Lester M. and Edith Reynolds Tovey. He was the 13th of 14 children and had a twin sister, Paula. His father worked for the State of Idaho developing state parks and in 1952, he moved to Chatcolette with his family and then to Rocky Point, located on the southern tip of Lake Couer d'Alene in northern Idaho. He played in the forests all summer long and skated on the lakes in the winter.
He attended elementary school in Plummer, Idaho, where he skipped from the second to the fourth grade. They then moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, where he attended Sandpoint Jr High for one year, then on to Blackfoot where he graduated from Blackfoot High in 1964.  
While in high school, he worked in the meat department of OK Grocery store, then for Kirkham Auto and attended ISU until he was drafted in 1966 and was sent to Vietnam where he worked in the motor pool keeping the jeeps in tip-top shape for the high ranking officers. For this service, he received the Bronze Star. He spent the remainder of his military service at Fort Belvoir, Virginia when his tour of duty was over.
After returning home in 1969, he went to work for Lou Ellsworth Construction, where he developed his exceptional carpentry skills. He helped build numerous LDS stake centers in Blackfoot and the surrounding communities.
In 1987, he joined the International Union of Operating Engineers and worked for various contractors at the INL Site. He had the "touch" and became one of the best equipment operators who worked at the site.
In 1975, he met and married Jerrilyn Jackson Wheeler and became the step-father of Angie Wheeler Anderson. And after 40+ years, he has now gone on to join his parents and some of siblings. We who are left behind will greatly miss his compassion, generosity, and love.  
He left behind his wife, Jerrilyn Tovey, step-daughter, Angie (Richard) Wheeler Anderson, three grandchildren, Paige Anderson, Kai Anderson, and Josie Anderson. His brothers, Terrell Tovey, Weldon R (Vickie) Tovey, and David B. (Madge) Tovey; sisters, Kay Morgan, Marialice Neilson, Sandra Firtzley, Jackie Riley, Leslie Tovey, twin sister Paula (Tom) Harber; and brother-in law, Kay Call; in addition to several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Malcom Tovey; mother, Edith Reynolds Tovey; sister Edith Muriel Call; brothers, Lester M. Tovey, and Deforest (Pat) Tovey; brother in-laws, Cleve Morgan, and Arthur Riley.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, Idaho.
The family will meet with friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016 and for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 1, 2016
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