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Donald William Frei

Goodnight Sweet Prince

Beloved son, brother, sweetheart, father, and friend, Donald William Frei, 75, passed away on March 14, 2008.He was born Jan. 31, 1933 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and taken home to the family farm in a sleigh by his parents, William and Dora. He attended a one-room schoolhouse and often talked about walking a mile in his farm boots through the wind and snow.

After graduating from Idaho Falls High School, Don served an LDS mission in Brazil. He grew to love the Brazilian people and the missionaries he served with. He spoke fluent Portuguese, even until the end of his life. Not cut out for milking cows at 4 a.m., Don went to Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in marketing. He found his talent in the insurance and annuity business, working for many years with Ray Brown and Tim Hansen at Income Builders.

Don married Joy Lamoreaux in 1958; they later divorced. On Nov. 15, 1973 he married Susan Solomon Yates. Don had a deep and abiding testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. He served as an L.D.S. Bishop of the Union Fort Fifth Ward and held many other callings. He especially enjoyed being a scoutmaster, helping more than 30 scouts receive their

Eagle award.

A loving father and devoted husband, Don worked selflessly for his wife and children and enjoyed family get-togethers with lively


Don will be lovingly remembered by the love of his life Suzie; and his eight children: Cathy (Russell) Weeks, Greg (Jill) Frei, Mike Frei, Karen (Eric) Migacz, Holly (Mike) McCormick, Shane Yates, Darren Frei, and David (Brittney) Frei; 12 grandchildren: Matt, Jessica, Elliot, Daniel, Rebecca, Phoebe, Madison, Samantha, Rory, Robben, Lily, and Ella; six brothers and sisters: Arlene (Jerry) Cotterell, Ken (Kay) Frei, Merlin (Therel) Frei, Norma (Earl) Wahlquist, Norman Frei, and Linda (Dick) Minty. He will be remembered fondly by many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family thanks Nicole, the Rocky Mountain Hospice team, and Garden Terrace for their kind and loving care.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., March 21 at the Union Fort Fifth Ward, 500 E. and 6770 S. (Larchwood Dr.) A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thurs., March 20 at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State Street, and at the chapel on Fri. from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment at Valley View Memorial Park.