Heyburn, Idaho – Douglas Anderson, age 70, died at his home and passed on to his Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
Doug was born on June 21, 1942, in Rupert, Idaho, the son of Dean Oscar and Lula Harris Anderson. He spent his childhood fishing and hunting with his father and in his teenage years spent many hours on Mount Harrison helping his dad develop the Pomerelle ski area. He was an avid skier and continued to enjoy downhill and cross country skiing until his health started to fail. Through his father’s influence, he learned the ethics of hard work, spending his summers moving wheel lines on the north side farms and building fence on the Laidlaw Sheep Ranch in Muldoon.
He married Bonnie Workman of Rupert in 1961 and together, they raised three daughters. He graduated from Minico High School and attended Utah State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance in 1964. He was then employed by the mutual fund investment firm, John Nuveen & Co., of Chicago, Illinois, and continued his education at the Wharton School of Finance at Northwestern University. He served John Nuveen & Co., in the Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York City offices. In 1969, he moved his family to the west joining the investment firm of Boettcher & Company of Denver, Colorado, and later the investment department at United Bank of Denver.
Once back in the Mountain West, he continued his skiing and taught Bonnie and his girls to love the sport as well. There were many fun family outings on the Rocky Mountain slopes. In 1973, he moved his family back to Rupert to join his brother-in-law, John Workman, in partnership of Workman Pontiac/Cadillac. They have had a wonderful and successful business for the past 40 years.
Back in his home territory, he and Bonnie began to tent camp at his favorite places in the Sawtooth Mountains and then graduated to R.V. camping. His fondest memories were camping with dear old friends and making new ones – exploring the back trails with anyone who would join him.
Doug felt an obligation to give back to the community in which he lived. He was active in the Rupert 4th of July celebrations and took charge of the horse racing event for many years. He joined the Idaho Horse Racing Association working to improve the sport. He was a charter member of the Rupert Renaissance Committee where he worked to help the Hispanic community develop their own celebrations.
It was a challenge for Doug to raise three daughters, but they were his pride and joy. His two grown grandsons and young granddaughters were his extra special blessing. Doug loved his family and they always came first. However, his friends gave him a great deal of happiness and he was loyal to them. He had a generous heart with his family and his friends. For the past several years, he and Bonnie have enjoyed numerous trips with their dear friends to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. He will be greatly missed, but he lives on in our hearts and, through our faith, we wait for the time we can join him in the Light of the Lord.
Doug is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Anderson of Heyburn; his children, Teresa Wardhaugh (Curt) of Boise, Catherine Reno (Scott) of Idaho Falls, and Christy Wingate (John) of Boise; his grandchildren, Gavin Haley (Andrea) of Boise, Gabe Haley (Kara) of Norfolk, Virginia, Hannah Wardhaugh and Madeleine Wingate; two great-grandchildren, Asher Haley and Lennon Haley; two sisters, LuDean Smith (Bill) of Bountiful, Utah, and Sharon Smith of Burley; his in-laws, John and Anna Workman of Rupert, Louise Weathers of Seattle, Washington, and Linda and Tom Turpin of Salt Lake City, Utah; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, J.B. Smith; and his nephew, Chris Workman.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 802 F St., in Rupert, with the Rev. Father Justin Brady as celebrant.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Doug requested memorials in his memory be made to the Sgt. Chris Workman Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of First Federal Savings Bank, or to the Saint Nicholas Catholic School.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.