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 Don Corbridge “Pinky” Ellison

Don Corbridge “Pinky” Ellison

Layton, Davis County, Utah, USA
Death 6 Oct 2011 (aged 93)
Burial Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 77840691 · View Source
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Don Corbridge Ellison, also known to many as "Pinky," passed away peaceably on Thursday, October 6, 2011. Don lived in Boise since 1947 and was 93 years old at the time of his passing.

Don was born on April 21, 1918 in Layton, Utah, son of Delbert and Isabell Ellison. He was raised in the Ogden, Utah area with one brother and three sisters, one of whom was his twin. He was raised on the family farm that was subsequently lost during the Great Depression.

While still in high school his father was killed in a railroad accident and he dropped out of high school to help support the family. A strong believer in education, he returned to complete his schooling at Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in Dairy Manufacturing.

His schooling, however, was interrupted by World War II where he served in the Army Air Corp in Africa and in Italy.

Following the war and his education he married Afton Marie Adams on June 16, 1947, and they moved to Boise. They were blessed with four children: Dennis Howard Ellison; Mark A. Ellison; Monty Don Ellison; and Robert Lynn Ellison. They also have 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, all of whom they are very proud of and love dearly. Don's family always included his 19 nieces and nephews who were very special to him.

Don worked for Idaho Creameries and then joined Albertsons while it was a young growing company where he played the key role in the development and management of their ice cream division.

He was an avid outdoorsman, excelling in all that he undertook, including without limitation, hunting, fly fishing, gardening (his tomatoes were the envy of the neighborhood), skiing and golfing.

But his greatest effect and satisfaction came from selflessly helping and servicing his family and fellow man. His excellent example of love and service is his legacy to all who knew him. He served his family in uncountable ways and was there with the grandchildren for recitals, soccer games, fishing trips and much more. He served the youth for many years as a Boy Scout leader. He served as a ski patrolman.

He also loved the Lord and gave tireless, dedicated service to building His kingdom on earth. In addition to serving in many Church callings, he and his lovely wife, Afton, left the comfort of home and family to serve a mission in Nigeria, Africa. After that, he served in the Boise Temple for many years.

The world is a better place because of his selfless love and service. We, his family, constantly hear from others in the community how Don has made a positive difference in their lives. Many have observed that he has never raised his voice or uttered a cross word, which is an amazing accomplishment since he raised four boys.

Don is survived by his wife; children; daughters-in-law, Nancie Covino Ellison, and Linda Barton Ellison; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.

A viewing will be held on Friday, October 14th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Relyea Funeral Chapel located at 318 N. Latah Street. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m. at the LDS chapel located at 3200 Cassia Street, with the graveside dedication following at Morris Hill Cemetery.

Published in Idaho Statesman on October 12, 2011

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  • Added: 8 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77840691
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Don Corbridge “Pinky” Ellison (21 Apr 1918–6 Oct 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77840691, citing Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Barb (contributor 46936813) .