Idaho's Oldest Practicing Family Physician


By Brittany Cooper

Doctor Don Pates started practicing medicine 57 years ago - and at that time Truman was president.
He is now 85 and today at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rupert - the community celebrated a surprise birthday bash for him.
And according to the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians --Pates is the oldest practicing family physician in Idaho.
Don Pates says, “I like what I’m doing and I’ve always been a little hesitant about retiring because I wouldn't know what to do after I retired.”
And when he's not practicing - he still remains active.
In the summer he rides motorcycles and plays golf while in the wintertime he skies at Pomerelle.
Pates says, “I had to give up bumps and jumps and trees but it's still fun.”
He's been a fixture in the community since 1971 and practices at the Rupert medical center.
Carla Teitt says, “In the 38 years that he's been here, he has seen 3 generations of many families.”
Lisa Dayley says, “Dr. pate has been my doctor off and on for 24, almost 25 years. He delivered my first baby and we have gone to him all the time.”
And he's not planning on retiring any time soon.
Pates says, “You'll read about my retirement in the obituary column.”

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