Valley County, IDGenWeb Project
Don Mann passed away July 4, 2011 at his home in Hagerman at the age of 79.
Private family services will be held at a later date, with burial at the Greenwood Cemetery in Palouse, Wash.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel.
Don was born July 26, 1932, in Jerome to Mary H. and F.R. Mann. He was raised and attended school in Jerome, graduating from Jerome High School in 1950, before attending the University of Idaho, where he was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity.
Don took a two-year break from college to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952-54. After active duty, Don returned to the University of Idaho where he graduated in 1957 with a degree in business.
Don met his future wife, Glenda Gay Grady of Palouse, Wash., while they were both attending the U of I.
Don and Gay were married Sept. 10, 1955 in Palouse and were married for 45 years before her death in August 2000.
After they both graduated in 1957, Don and Gay settled in Jerome, where he worked in real estate, insurance, and construction industries. While in Jerome, his sons Greg and Jeff were born.
In 1968 he moved his family to Idaho Falls where he performed appraisal evaluations for the Idaho State Tax Commission. In the spring of 1970, the family moved to Challis, where Don owned and operated Custer County Title Company while Gay taught at Challis Elementary School.
Gay joined Don full-time as partners at Custer County Title until their retirement in the mid-1980s when Don and Gay embarked on traveling extensively throughout the states and Mexico.
They had their home base in Donnelly for the summer seasons and spent most of their winters in their travel trailer and later at their winter home in Yuma, Ariz.
In June, 2000 they became full-time residents of Hagerman, where he was residing at the time of his death.
Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family and Labrador retrievers.
Don is survived by his sons, Greg and Pam Mann of Troy, and Jeff and Tara Mann of Bellevue; grandchildren, Ashley and Ian Swanstrom of Post Falls, Chad Mann of Troy, Skye McGehee of Bellevue and new great-granddaughter, Lucia Faith Swanstrom of Post Falls.
Don is also survived by his brother, Jim Mann of Ontario, Ore.; sisters, Carrie and Bob Schroeder of Falls City, Wash., and Barbara Mazza of Phoenix, Ariz., and sister-in-law, Judy and Ed Gehring of Palouse, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother-in-law, Mike Grady and sister-in-law, Jean Mann.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be given to the charity of their choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.
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