Don C. Bennett, 89, a long time Kuna resident, died Monday, November 26, 2012, in a Boise care facility from complications of a heart attack and stroke.
Don was born along with his twin sister Dorothy, to Leslie John and Mary Elizabeth Forman Bennett on April 5, 1923, on a ranch in Thatcher, Idaho. He spent his childhood there, struggling, like all Americans, through the Great Depression.
At age 17, he met Zella Bell through a mutual friend and they eventually married on Aug. 23, 1941, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Shortly after their marriage, Don and Zella moved from Eastern Idaho to Southern California in 1941 where Don worked for Douglas Air Craft and was involved in the booming construction trade of that time in California. Don enlisted in the United States Navy on October 14, 1943, serving in the Seabees in the South Pacific, particularly on the Island of Siapan. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945.
Following his discharge he returned to civilian life in Southern California and resumed his involvement in the construction business for six years.
Wanting to return to farming and to his beloved Idaho, Don moved his family to the Boise Valley in 1952 and bought a dairy farm east of Kuna in the Mora area. There, with his wife Zella, his children Aundria, Linda and eventually Carlos and a great deal of hard work, he gradually grew his small dairy herd to a thriving dairy business. He sold the dairy business in 1978 and Don and Zella moved to a farm on Deer Flat Road where he has since resided. Zella passed away on May 23, 2003.
Don was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in several capacities for the church. He was also a board member of the Production Credit Association for a number of years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing in Idaho, especially elk and deer hunting. He shared many years of memorable hunting experiences with his family and close friends.
Survivors include his two daughters, Aundria and her husband Bardell Bailey of Tigard, Oregon; Linda and her husband Bob Alsup of Auburn, Washington; one son, Carlos Bennett of Canby, Oregon; ten grandchildren , 21 great grandchildren and a sister, Alta Tooms of Fresno, California. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Kuna LDS Chapel. A viewing was held prior to services at the church, with interment at Kuna Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa, 467-7300.