Donald Clayton Cutler, 77, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2009, in Nampa, Idaho. He had been fighting cancer for the last several years.
He was born on March 14, 1932, in Hailey, Idaho, to Mary and Quill Cutler. He lived his childhood in the Wood River Valley and married his wife, Sharon Fender, on June 5, 1954, in Las Vegas, Nev. At that time, they moved to the Stanley basin to begin their life together. In 1960, he became a father to his son Pat and three years later a father to his daughter Barb.
Five years ago, he moved back to the Wood River Valley to enjoy partial retirement. It was only two years ago he lost his wife to cancer and he had been fighting cancer for nearly four years and very aggressively for the last year and half.
Don went through his life as a hard-working man. He worked the family logging and lumber business until his father passed away in 1966. Then he sold the sawmill and started an excavation business. For several winters he drove buses for Sun Valley. He then started selling Polaris snowmobiles to help support his family during the long winter months. Later on, he worked at the Thompson Creek Mine for a period of time and for the Idaho Highway Department plowing snow to supplement his excavation business.
Don was a man true to his word and never expected more from anyone else than he expected from himself.
Survivors include his son Pat (Maya) Cutler of Stanley, daughter Barb (Delbert Jr.) McMurdo of Fairfield, grandson Kyle Cutler of Twin Falls, granddaughter Stacie (John) Cronquist of Fairfield, granddaughter Michelle McMurdo of Fairfield, granddaughter Tara Cutler of Payette, great-granddaughter Nevaeh Cutler of Twin Falls, sister Joyce (Gene) Yourn of Caldwell, brother-in-law Fred (Carol) Fender of Jerome, and many nieces and nephews. Those preceding him in death were his wife, both parents, and granddaughter Misti McMurdo.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2009, at the Calvary Bible Church in Hailey, with Rev. Ron Brown officiating. Interment will follow at the Hailey Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey, Idaho.