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Reuben Otis Donaldson

April 28, 1932 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Reuben Donaldson Obituary

    On December 30, 2023, Reuben Donaldson, age 91, passed away in peace at his home in Gooding, Idaho. At the end he was surrounded by his loved ones as he was throughout his lifetime.  

    Reuben was born in Sundance, Wyoming on April 28, 1932, to parents Glenn and Ida Mae Donaldson. In 1942 his mother passed away and the family relocated to Casper, Wyoming where he later attended Natrona County High School. He was the eldest of three, with a brother, David, and a sister, Glenneta. Always ambitious, he took on various jobs from an early age. In his teens he worked for a local butcher shop cutting, wrapping and delivering meat to nearby residents.

   At age 17, Reuben enlisted in the United States Navy. During the Korean Conflict, he served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Kearsarge, as a Damage Controlman (fireman). He completed his service honorably and was discharged in 1953.  

    During his stint in the Navy, he was stationed for a time in Monterey, California. It was there where he met the love of his life, Beaudine “Skeet” Gaunt. Reuben and Skeet were together until her passing in 2012, a good run of 60 years. Married on January 12, 1952, their union produced 5 sons: David, Matthew, Daniel, Benjamin and Ronard.  

    In 1972, the family moved to Idaho and settled in Gooding. He was recruited by the Tupperware Co. in Jerome where he worked in production and quality control management. He remained in Tupperware’s employ until shortly after the company closed it's Idaho operations in 1986. In 1989 Reuben was again recruited, this time for the role of Plant Manager at the Spears Manufacturing company’s Jerome facility. He finally retired at age 89.

    In life he was always active doing something. He was a self-taught builder, mechanic and hobbyist. He never stopped building, wrenching or tinkering. He was also an active bowler and golfer. For years he was a member of the Gooding Golf Course & Country Club and was a player on the men’s golf league. He proudly achieved his goal of playing golf at 90 (years, not score :) ).

    Reuben was preceded in death by his wife Skeet, his sister Glenneta, and his oldest son David. He is survived by his sons, Matthew and his spouse Carol, Daniel, Benjamin and his spouse Crystal, and Ronard; his 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Reuben is also survived by his brother David, sisters- in-law VanNessa and Joelle, and by many nieces and nephews.

    Reuben was an inspiration to family and friends alike. He led by his words, deeds and examples and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    As per his wishes there will be no funeral services held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, as decided and announced by his family.

Cremation arrangements are under the care and directions of Demaray Funeral Service- Gooding Chapel.






























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