Don Welch
Jult 27, 2007


Donald Neal Welch, 58, of San Pedro, Calif. passed away on Friday, July 27, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. Don was born in Boise on Sept. 2, 1948 to Neal and Lorraine Welch. Don grew up in Boise. He attended Cole Elementary School, West Junior High, and graduated from Borah High School in 1966. He graduated from Boise State University in 1970. Don was a member of the Borah and Boise State University Marching Bands. Don worked for Northwest Airlines for 37 years before retiring last year because of his illness. Don was a proud member of the International Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He was elected General Chairman for Air Transport, District 143, based in Minneapolis. He held this office for five years and enjoyed the work he did. Don lived on a boat in San Pedro. He enjoyed fishing and living on the water. He had many wonderful friends in San Pedro. Don was a Boise State University football fan. He loved going to the games when he could, watching them on TV in San Pedro, or listening to the games on the radio on his computer. He had such a good time at the Fiesta Bowl. We would like to thank Gene Bleymaier, Bush Hamdan, and Ian Johnson for their special visit with Don. It meant so much to Don and his family. Don is survived by his mother, Lorraine; his sister, Sharon; his aunt and uncle, Ralph and Elma Allison; his cousins, Larry and Deborah Allison, Lisa and Dave Edwards, Bob and Sharon Pilkinton, David and Lisa Pilkinton; and many other family members. Don was preceded in death by his father, Neal. We would like to thank Care First Hospice for taking such good care of Don and his family. Funeral services will be conducted at Relyea Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 10 a.m. Graveside services will follow immediately at Cloverdale Cemetery. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Relyea Funeral Chapel. Donnie, we love you!
Published in the Idaho Statesman on 7/30/2007.