Douglass James Reid, 85
Douglass James Reid, 85, of Firth, passed away peacefully at the home of his brother, Fred, on Sunday, May 13, 2012.
Doug was born to Robert E. and Agnes Just Reid on Sep. 11, 1926, the fourth child in a loving family of five boys. He was raised along the Blackfoot River in Lower Presto. He loved learning, and after walking two miles each way to catch the bus to Firth High School, was named class valedictorian.
He did not follow the lead of his cowboy brothers, but instead became a journalist, working for the Firth Record and the Salt Lake Tribune as a young man. When his mother needed more care, he turned his attention to his second love, that of service to others. He would care for his mother until her death in 1976, and then go on to care for his aunt, Kittie Reid Blair, until her death at nearly 100 years of age.
Doug wanted little for himself, but is famous for small gestures to family and friends, local and far-flung. His specialty was angel food cakes, often sent through the mail. He was an artist and nurtured his yard and garden carefully. He loved giving gifts of floral bouquets, fresh vegetables, rhubarb, or his sumptuous raspberries. He was just as likely to offer you a helping hand, plant your tulips, or weed your garden. He was a master recycler, truly living lightly on this earth. We all enjoyed receiving unique and often humorous correspondence from Doug, always in use-it-again envelopes. He was a great conversationalist and was the family and community historian, a storehouse of facts and dates. He was a true original.
Doug is survived by two brothers, Wallace (Marlene Stibal), and Fred (Alma Jemmett, deceased), and many cherished nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Vincent (Gwen Davis) and Eldro (Geraldine Larsen, deceased).
The family will host a gathering to honor Doug at the Firth City Hall (formerly the Firth Riverview Grange), 106 E Center, on Tuesday, May 29, from 5-8 p.m. We would love to share your memories of Doug, written or orally.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Presto Preservation Association. Condolences may be sent to the family at 989 Reid Rd, Firth, Idaho, 83236.