Born: February 24, 1926 in Everton, Arkansas
Died: July 12, 2013 in Pocatello, Idaho
Age: 87 years old
Waldo had several brothers and one sister. He was raised with Demoy, Lowell, Berlin, Lester (Pete) David and Ralph Faught, along with his sister, Nelma (Sunny) Faught (Rappleye). Waldo and his siblings spent their early years raised on a farm in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas. He learned much about farming and animal care as a young boy. Many of the skills and beliefs that Waldo held about farming were instilled during his time growing up on farms in Arkansas and southern Idaho.
When Waldo was 10 years old in 1936, his family moved from Arkansas to Burley, Idaho. He fondly spoke many times of this trip as a great adventure for a 10-year-old boy. He spoke often of how he spent most of the trip riding on the bed of a flat-bed truck. His teenage years were spent in Burley, Idaho, where he attended the Heyburn and Burley schools. He attended Burley High School until World War II and then he enlisted in the Navy. Waldo served in the Navy from 1944 until he was discharged from the Naval Reserves in 1952. After the war, Waldo returned to Burley and subsequently earned his GED to complete his high school education. On Oct. 11, 1947, Waldo married Shirley Farwell in Burley, Idaho. They were married for 64 years and had seven children.
Waldo was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers; sister; and his wife, Shirley Farwell Faught. He is survived by all of his children, Daniel Faught and his wife Sherry, Kennith Faught, Phyllis Oldenhouse and her husband Ken, Wanda Ownbey and her husband Dennis, Ruth Patrick, Patti Sanchez and her husband Guillermo, and Judith Holguin and her husband Manual. Waldo is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Heather, Brent, Bryan, Misty, Nathan, Ileen, Chris, David, Rebekah, Dennis Jr., Lydia, Cliff Jr., Joey, Annie, Alicia and Manuel Jr. He is further survived by 14 great-grandchildren.
During his adult life, Waldo farmed in the Burley/Rupert area until he and Shirley purchased a farm north of Shoshone in 1964, where they continued their dairy operation until his retirement. Waldo served as a county road commissioner for about 30 years. He and Shirley were longtime members of the Lincoln County Magic Grange. During the 1970s, Waldo and Shirley were honored as the Farm Home Administration’s “Idaho Farm Family of the Year.” After retirement, Waldo enjoyed traveling with other family members. He was proud of the fact that during his life he traveled to all 50 states, Chile, Costa Rica and Canada. During World War II, he spent much of his service in the Pacific Theater and participated in the atomic bomb testing on Bikini Atoll.
Waldo’s faith in Jesus Christ was central to who he was and what he wanted everyone to know about himself. He lived out his faith in his service to his family, community and church each day. He was a lifelong member and supporter of the Assembly of God Church. Waldo’s family grew up with a heritage of love, support and faith. His life and faith served as a compass for each member of the family. This love and support has always been treasured, valued and sought after in each of our lives. While we are saddened at Dad’s passing, we rejoice in his heavenly homecoming and know that we will be together again.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Downard Funeral Home of Pocatello, Idaho. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Morrison-Payne Funeral Home, 321 E. Main St. in Burley, Idaho, with a brief viewing beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Gem Memorial Gardens.