|Birth: ||Dec. 2, 1893|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1974|
Ralph L. Albaugh, 80, prominent Idaho Falls attorney whose perceptive counsel guided the decision making of city administrations for nearly 50 years, died Friday night.
A reserved man, rarely in the spotlight, his behind-the-scenes role as legal expert and political craftsman exerted a decisive influence on City politics for half a century.
His judgments in coping with sensitive city issues made him the privy counselor mayors and city councils down through the years, and an unheralded but respected architect of city policy-making.
His quiet dynamism and dedication to city affairs earned him an honorary lifetime membership in the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce at ceremonies in 1953. The Ninth Judicial District Bar Association also honored him at the same time with a special tribute. He was involved in seating the city's milepost of progress as the city grew - Fanning Field, the Livestock Auction Co.,, the municipal power program, the LDS Temple, the then community-developed Bonneville Hotel, and other community facilities.
As astute observer of the political scene at all levels, his advice was also sought by governors, congressmen and other state leaders.
He was the senior partner of the law firm of Albaugh, Smith and Pike. At one time he was also associated with law with the late Chase Clark, one time mayor of Idaho Falls and governor of Idaho.
Death was due to a heart attack Friday night and he died a a local hospital. He was active in the law firm he established here up to the time of his death.
He was born Dec 2, 1893, at Carrollton, Ohio, the son of Francis Marion and Marietta Mitchell Albaugh. He attended schools in Ohio and received his law degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. Following his graduation, he first resided briefly in Denver, Colo., and Salt Lake City, Utah, before he came to Idaho Falls to practice law in 1914.
He was married to Eleanor Blevins March 3, 1924, at Virginia City, Mont. She died Sept. 30, 1973. He was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by one son, Thomas E. Albaugh of Idaho Falls, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister Mrs. Pearl Albaugh of Elyria, Ohio and a brother, Don Albaugh of Jacksonville, Fla. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Eleanor Wallace.
(Post Register, 1974)
Francis Marion Albaugh (1857 - 1939)
Marietta Mae Mitchell Albaugh (1860 - 1946)
Eleanor Cline Blevins Albaugh (1894 - 1973)*
Thomas Edgar Albaugh (1919 - 2002)*
Henry Mitchell Albaugh (1884 - 1902)*
Ralph Levi Albaugh (1893 - 1974)
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