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Information for Donald L. Hasselbring

12 August, 1928 - 21 February, 1996

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

23 February, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Donald Hasselbring

    Donald L. Hasselbring, 67, of Melba, died Wednesday, February 21, 1996, at his home of cancer. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 1996, at the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa. Richard Cox, Chaplain of Life's Doors Hospice in Boise will officiate. Interment will follow in the Melba Cemetery.
    Donald L. Hasselbring was born on August 12, 1928, at Alexandria, Nebraska, to Louie and Vera Parker Hasselbring.  In 1936 he moved to Idaho with his family and settled in the Deer Flat area.  He attended Scism and Kuna schools and graduated from Nampa High School in 1946.  After his schooling, he farmed with his father.  He then entered the U.S. Navy and served for 2 years.  He was honorably discharged and returned to the Treasure Valley.
    In 1948 he went to work as an apprentice carpenter and built several homes in the Nampa area.  He married Ruby Stokes in November of 1948 in Winnemucca, Nevada, and they raised 5 wonderful children. Ruby and Don made their home in Boise.  In 1949 he went to work for the Mt. States Telephone Co. as a lineman.  He retired from the phone company as the Dist. Construction Manager for the State of Idaho in 1983, after 35 years.  Ruby and Don were divorced after 41 years of marriage.  He married Martha Graham on January 7, 1992, in Lake Tahoe and they have resided in Melba since.
    Don loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping, and especially Silver City and Owyhee County.  He enjoyed traveling in the motorhome, woodworking and small engine repair.  One of his greatest loves was watching his children and his grandchildren play sports.
    He is survived by his wife, Martha of Melba; 3 sons and daughters- in-law, Terry and Mary Hasselbring, Boise, Rob and Carrie Hasselbring, Blackfoot, Mark and Vicky Hasselbring, Twin Falls; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Debby and Terry Hall, Melba, Leslie and Lamar Harris, Melba; a stepdaughter, Vicki Stimpson and her husband, Norris, Kuna; a stepson, Craig Graham and his wife Linda, Murphy; 2 sisters, Ona Shearer and her husband George, Nampa, Dorothy Nelson and her husband Don, Boise; his mother-in-law, Thelma Hilton, Nampa; an aunt, Ethel Parker, Nampa; 10 grandchildren, Cody Harris, Kelly Harris, Drew Harris, LesAnn Harris, West Harris, Cecily Phillips, Christopher Highbarger, April Hasselbring, Andy Hasselbring and Jenny Hasselbring; 2 great-grandchildren, Jackie Phillips and Luke Keefe; numerous stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Wanda Blunk; and 1 granddaughter, Sarah Hasselbring.
    Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel on today from 5 to 9 p.m.
    The family suggests memorial contributions to the Life's, Door Hospice Program, 1111 S. Orchard, Ste. 209A, Boise, Idaho 83705; the St. Alphonsus Cancer Treatment Center, 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 83706; or flowers may be sent.  

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