Donald Stephen Bellomy went to be with his heavenly father
on Saturday, November 3, 2018 with his family by his side.
Don was born April 7, 1936 in Troy, Idaho to
Clara & William Bellomy.
At age 8 he
moved with his parents to Moscow, Idaho. Don came along late in his parents’
lives and so he was basically an only child as his 12 brothers and sisters no
longer lived at home.
As a child, Don
belonged to 4H and FFA and raised champion pigs, at the same time he was always
busy making money delivering telegrams, shoveling sidewalks in the winter,
plowing gardens for neighbors in the spring and many other after school and
summer jobs. By 14 he could drive most large farm equipment machines and after
the pea picking season that year in Moscow he was hired to help drive the
equipment back to Homedale.
earnings he brought a used car and drove to a Nevada ranch and worked the rest
of the summer bucking hay, but managed to get back to Moscow in time for
After high school, he joined the
Army in 1954 and eventually ended up in France.
He liked to say he fought the Korean war in France.
While there he met and married Reine
Chevreaux the first love of his life on November 24, 1956.
Of this union, two sons were born, Willy
Bellomy and Stephen Bellomy. Upon Don’s discharge they moved to Tacoma,
Washington where Don attended Electrician’s School.
He worked for a local company and eventually
started his own electrical business. After completing Electrician’s school Don
took flying lessons.
Besides his pilot’s
license, he became qualified for an instructor’s license and a commercial
pilot’s license. A group of friends purchased a plane and he spent many happy
hours flying around the Northwest.
the meantime, Reine became employed with a fabric store and was eventually
offered a job as a district manager based in Boise.
They moved to Boise in 1972 where Don once
again went into business for himself and purchased L & K Electric which he
owned and operated until retiring.
and Reine were very active members of the Boise First Church of the
Don was a faithful servant,
serving as a Sunday school teacher, children’s ministry and serving on missions
to Mexico and the Dominican Republic to help build homes and churches. Don and
Reine also led a 13-member choral group from church to France.
Don had two things he wanted to
become an electrician and
visit all 50 states.
They purchased a
small motor home and spent many happy times traveling and visiting all the 48
Reine died in 1983
and Don and his brother Chester then spent a lot of time traveling
In 2015, Don married his
second love Janice Aagaard in Boise, Idaho.
For their honeymoon they went on a Gaither Family Gospel cruise to
Alaska. To complete his wish list, in 2016 they followed the BSU Broncos to
Hawaii and took a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. Don and Janice took many
fun trips around the Northwest.
up with sons and families for a vacation in California.
They also traveled to Canada with Janice’s
siblings and took many short trips around Idaho. Some were more memorable than
others because of the trouble they would get in – flat tires west of Silver
City, being rescued after getting stuck in the snow at Squaw Butte.
It was always an adventure.
Don became a member of Janice’s church and
they spent many faithful hours involved with the different ministries at Wright
Congregational Church United Church of Christ.
Don was always drawn to children (little scutters he called them) and animals,
but family was most important to him and he loved and was very proud of his
sons and grandchildren. His sons said whenever it was announced at church that
Don was going to be the counselor at camp or other church activity all the kids
No matter where he went
people were drawn to him and he always had a smile and kind word. He never met
a stranger. His kind, gentle ways will be missed by everyone who knew him