Donald Mathew Brudie, 89, passed away on April 20, 2015, at Kindred Health Care in Moscow. He was the only son born to Martin and Clara (Krantz) Brudie on February 8, 1926, in Minot, North Dakota. At the age of six the family transitioned to north Idaho where Don was educated in a one room schoolhouse and lived in a one room skid house in the mountains near Priest River, Idaho, while his dad worked as a log scaler. We heard all the stories about how deep the snow was and how far he had to trek to get to the road to catch a ride—and it likely was all true. The family eventually moved to town and he graduated from Priest River High School in 1943.
Dad joined the Navy just before his 18th birthday in 1944. He served in the Pacific Theater on the USS Talladega in WWII and was on the front at the Battle of Iwo Jima. His service ended in May of 1946 and he returned home to attend the University of Idaho and graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1950. He was a Vandal fan forever and passed that legacy to his children and his grandchildren. Go Vandals!
Dad worked for the BLM in Ephrata, WA, where he met and married Bessie Davis on October 20, 1954, in Spokane, WA. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in October of 2014. Following the birth of daughter Debbie, Don moved his burgeoning family to Seattle where he went to work for Boeing. Son Jeff followed and, in 1963, the family moved to southeastern Idaho where he became a self-employed accountant for a number of small businesses in the Idaho Falls area and served as the business manager for the rookie league team of the California Angels. The ballpark became a family affair for seven years and Don continued to enjoy baseball, especially the Seattle Mariners and, most especially, the Boston Red Sox. An American Leaguer through and through, we still enjoyed watching baseball together.
Don’s love for life in the woods never waned so retirement finally brought the folks back to north Idaho in 1995. Six acres of timberland in Clark Fork, Idaho, became home base for camping, campfires, fishing, star gazing, wildlife, bird watching, long walks in the woods, huckleberry picking, and occasional UFO sightings (really!). Dad enjoyed all these years on the “propitty”—except for the winters—and made it out every day to feed his birds until age and health related issues made it difficult for him.
Survivors include his wife of 60+ years, Bessie (Clark Fork), daughter Debbie (Moscow), son Jeff and daughter-in-law Julie (Lewiston), twin grandsons Jason and Jeremy (Moscow), step granddaughter Nicole and husband Ward (Lewiston), and great grandchildren, Wyatt, Cameron, and Zoey Ann.
Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be conducted at a later date this fall. Memorial donations can be made to the University of Idaho Vandal Scholarship Fund for Athletics—which he supported for many years at his alma mater.
We are never alone—and you will never be forgotten.