October 27, 1937 - June 15, 2018
William D. Albertson (Don) left his beloved A bar T (A-T) Ranch surrounded by his earthly family to rejoice with his heavenly family on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the age of 80.
Don was born October 27, 1937 in Sandpoint, Idaho to Bill and Wilma Albertson. Don and his older sister, Irene (Neely), had many fond memories of growing up on the Albertson (A-T) Ranch, located on Gold Creek, where Don spent most of his life. They agreed if they were poor they didn’t realize it; when they really needed something, their dad found a way to provide it and their mother could make a delicious meal out of anything.
Don attended Grouse Creek School for grades 1-7. The primary means of getting to school was by horseback and there was a horse barn where they went out and took care of their horses at recess. Entering 8th grade, Pack River, Grouse Creek and Selle schools consolidated into the Pack River School (which is now Northside Elementary) where Don graduated as 8th grade valedictorian.
His summers were spent working on the ranch and exhibiting his heifer at the Bonner County Fair under 4-H leader, Francis McNall.
Don left military service in 1963 and returned to Bonner County where he built his family’s home on the A-T Ranch. Two sons joined the family, Thomas in 1964 and Scott in 1968.
Don was active in many community organizations. These included former master of the Pack River Grange, the Pack River Cemetery board, president of Bonner Boundary Cattleman’s Association, and president of Northside PTO. He was on the Bonner County Planning and zoning committee, board member of Bonner County Historical society, and a member of the Bonner County education association. Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Terri; his daughters Nani Gray (Tom) and Tracie Roos (Don). His sons, Tom Albertson (Cindy) and Scott Albertson. Daughter in law, Teresa Albertson.
Grandkids Kara Spohn; Zach and Leslie Spohn; Daniel Roos (Kendal); Tanner Roos; Nick Albertson (Tasha); Jean Luc Albertson; Madeline Albertson; Tobias Shaffer (Dani); Camille Fuller (Calvin); Jamey Lovell (Aurora); Joey Lovell (Kelly). 15 great grandchildren; a niece Linda (Neely) Chapin and nephews Randy Neely; James Ham and Mark Ham. Sister in law Donna Ham and several other family and friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Irene; brother in law, Ernest Neely; brother in law, Larry Ham and infant granddaughter, Laura Roos.
Don always felt so lucky to be able to grow up on the A-T Ranch and passed that love of the ranch life on to his family. He was especially proud he was able to celebrate the A-T Ranch 100th anniversary in 2016.
Because education was so important to him, the family will establish a scholarship in his name to be awarded to a SHS senior who plans on pursuing a degree in education, science, or agriculture.