Idaho State Journal, 05/29/13
Our beloved father, grandfather, uncle, and friend Douglas Stalder, 89, passed away on May 23, 2013, surrounded by his loving family in Pocatello, Idaho. Doug was born September 16, 1923, in Provo, Utah, to Grover Cleveland Slator and Martha Marie Berger. His parents were later divorced and he and his older sister Lenore moved to Fish Haven, Idaho where their mother married his step father, Gottfried Stalder. To that union was born a younger brother and sister, Keith and Marlene.
Doug grew up working very hard on the family farm and had many fascinating farming stories to pass on to his children and grandchildren. Doug graduated from Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho in 1941 where he played the position of tight end on the football team. After high school, Doug used his farming experiences to land several farm hand jobs until he enrolled in courses at Idaho State University in 1943 to become a certified welder. Doug worked for many different companies throughout his life, including Pacific Fruit, Eddy’s Bakery, John Deere Equipment Company, Garrett Freightlines, Mullins Construction, Union Pacific Railroad, Morrison Knutson, and also Simplot, where he mastered mechanics.
In the fall of 1945 Doug met the love of his life, Betty Bowen from Bern, Idaho. On February 3, 1946, they were married in a small ceremony in the home of Betty’s mother, Helen. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on April 4, 1946. To this union was born a daughter, Karen, and a son, Terry.
Doug’s work as a master mechanic with Morrison Knutson took their family all over the world. The Stalders made their home in Columbia, Brazil, Africa, and El Salvador throughout the years. They have shared many memories of these times with their family and friends that will be cherished forever. After traveling and living abroad for several years, they decided that Pocatello, Idaho, was their home and have resided here ever since.
Doug was active in the LDS Church, serving as a visiting home teacher and many hard working hours in the local cannery. Although Doug was always willing to serve his church, his work schedule made it difficult to do so as often as he would have liked.
Doug and Betty were married for 66 beautiful years before her passing in October of 2012. As a couple, they proved to those who knew them that true love really does exist. They were the best of friends as they worked together as hard as they played together throughout their amazing life. They will both be dearly missed by all the many souls they touched.
Doug is survived by his devoted children, Terry Douglas Stalder and Karen Renee Dolbeer; his daughter-in-law Erini Stalder; four grandchildren, Joey Dolbeer, Audrey Dolbeer Tyndall (Bradley), Jack Douglas Stalder (Marsha), Rebecca Ann Stalder; and three great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Jalon, and Georgia, and his brother, Keith Stalder,.
Doug is preceded in death by his beautiful wife Betty, his parents, and his son-in-law, Richard Dolbeer and sisters Lenore Wilde and Marlene Buck.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 1st, 2013, at the Downard Funeral Home (241 North Garfield, Pocatello, Idaho) at 1 p.m. There will be a viewing prior to the funeral from noon to 12:45 p.m. Condolences can be sent to the family by mail at 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho 83204 or by e-mail, DownardFuneralHome@ msn.com .