Don L. Gross, 59, last living in King Hill, passed away on Feb. 5, 2013, after suffering from ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Born in Nampa to Robert and Ella Gross, he lived in many other Idaho communities in his lifetime, from upper Idaho to Sun Valley to Mountain Home, never calling one place home.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home.
Everyone is welcome to a gathering of his family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. at Glen Brenenstahl's shop, 184 NW Wilcox Dr., Mountain Home (off Canyon Creek Road by the radio station)
Don had many talents and hobbies, from loving to dig in the dirt with an excavator, welding and logging, to hunting, fishing and always being a cowboy.
He enjoyed teasing your brain with his off-the-wall concepts. It's been said he should have been born in the 1800s because he was a big, rugged mountain man that couldn't be tamed and would have fit right in. If he could have had his own ranch, his brand would have been "Budweiser One." For those that knew him, if he took a liking to you, you had a friend for life. All others, well you know the rest of the story.
Don is survived by his daughters and their children, Dawn Lee, husband Jon with son Lorenzo, and Angie with daughter Riley, his mother, Ella, brothers John and Dennis and their families.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert.
The family wishes to thank Roxie and Brad Johnston and Luke Conrad for keeping their eye on Don. Also, thanks to Elmore Medical, Legacy Hospice and Rost Funeral Home for their assistance in the last two weeks.
Anyone wishing to contribute to continued research for answers to this disease, donations can be sent to ALS Association, 19115 68h Ave. S, Suite H 105, Kent, WA 98032. Please acknowledge your donation for research in memory of Don L. Gross.