Archive - Feb 21, 2012
Donald Byron Jackman, 87, of Blackfoot passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Portneuf Medical Center.
He was born June 14, 1924 in Blackfoot to Byron Jackman and Mildred Matilda Samuelson, among the original settlers of the Rose area, where he lived his entire life. He married the love of his life, Merle East on Oct. 28, 1951. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, primarily in Okinawa, Japan. He loved his family most, then horses, rodeo, cutter racing, and baseball, and running a close second to his family, golf.
Yes, the Blackfoot Senior Center still serves lunch.
No, senior citizens don't live there. (There is senior housing across the street.)
Pam Beus, director of the center for about six months, would like to educate members of the community about its function. And, she would like to get ideas about how it can better serve the community.
Seniors, those over 59-and-one-half years old, can buy a nourishing lunch five days a week (excepting holidays) for a donation of $3.50. Other members of the community are welcome to eat for $5.50 per meal.
In some respects Layne Elison's life has come full circle.
Elison was born in Blackfoot and lived here until age nine. He and his family then moved to California.
After graduating for high school in California, Elison got his education at BYU, then began teaching in Lyman, Wyo. Following two years there he and his wife Rosalinda returned to California where he taught for over 25 years.
Two years ago they returned to his Idaho roots.