Donald Quentin Barlogi, 82, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on April 28, 2018 due to numerous age related health issues. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Don was born on May 18, 1935 in Boise, Idaho to parents Thelma and John Holman. Thelma and John later divorced and young Donny went to live with his aunt and uncle, Esther and Paul Anderson of Wendell, ID. He loved living with Et and Paul as they had no children of their own and they doted on him. Thelma married James (Jim) Barlogi in 1940. At that time, Donny joined his mother, new step father, Jim, and step sisters, Donette and Fairy at the Barlogi household in Hagerman, ID. It was a big adjustment, but when Don turned 13 he was pleased to be legally adopted by Jim.
Family summers were spent in Ketchum, ID. Sheep were hauled out of the area by Jim’s livestock trucking business. Don was an industrious youth and often spoke of being a caddie on the Sun Valley golf course, at times caddying for celebrity personalities. He spent three summers working for the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game. When he got old enough, he learned to drive the sheep trucks.
Don attended Hagerman High School, graduating in l953. He was an outstanding athlete and received a coveted award for athletic excellence. He attended Idaho State University and BJC. Don then enlisted in the US Navy where he qualified for Sonar school. Upon his return from the Navy, he started working for Idaho Power.
As a handsome young bachelor, Don loved the ladies and dated dozens of them. On April 25, 1959 he gave his name to one special girl, the love of his life and long-time hometown sweetheart, Esta Roberts, in a marriage that lasted 59 years. When he was asked why he chose Esta over all of his many other girlfriends, he said “because she was always such a lady.”
Don worked on an Idaho Power substation construction crew out of Boise and he and Esta spent the next four years traveling around Southern Idaho living in their mobile home. During those years they were blessed with their first two children, Cindy and Jay. With school age approaching, Don left Idaho Power and they settled down in Twin Falls. Don started to work for IML Freight and the couple purchased the Curry Trailer Park. They soon completed their family with the blessing of their third child, Shelly. They spent the next 16 years expanding and caring for the park. The addition of overnight facilities helped them make many friends from all over the US. They worked long hard hours, but always looked forward to attending their children’s school and social activities.
Don loved sports and enjoyed coaching his son’s little league baseball team, fishing, bowling and golfing. He especially enjoyed golfing in his later years with his son Jay, and making bets on NFL games with him. Don was a very crafty gambler and (according to him) rarely, if ever, lost a bet. Don also enjoyed table tennis, pool, and even hunting until his love of animals got the best of him.
He was a past Worthy Patron of Magic Chapter #82, Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Twin Falls Masonic Lodge #45, AF & AM. He and Esta actively enjoyed supporting Job’s daughters.
In 1979 when Don retired from the trucking industry, they sold the trailer park and he started working for the USPS in Twin Falls, later transferring to the Buhl Post Office. From here he became a rural mail carrier in the Buhl/Castleford area, where he delivered mail as well as daily treats to his many K-9 friends.
The couple opened Treasures From the Past, Antiques and Collectibles in downtown Twin Falls. They had the time of their lives traveling the United States and Mexico, buying, refinishing and selling antiques for the next twenty-five years.
He was a collector of antiques, those in need and all creatures. On any given day you might have seen him purchasing an entire truck load of (questionably) valuable antiques, bringing a stranger in need home for a hot dinner, or feeding a stray dog or cat looking for a forever home.
After the children were grown, the family enjoyed weekly Friday night, birthday and holiday dinners out. Don was a good man and a fun loving husband and father who loved his wife and children. He will be remembered for the twinkle in his eye and laughing himself to tears. He was a hard worker and an honest person. We will remember the many valuable lessons passionately instilled in us, among which were the value of good sportsmanship and a deep love for animals. He loved and was loved. His passing will leave a big void in the lives of those of us left behind.
He is survived by his loving wife and companion, Esta; daughter, Cindy (Bob) Blastock; son, Jay (Rhonda) Barlogi and daughter, Shelly (Greg) Alder of Boise, ID; grandsons, Tyler (Taylor) Barlogi of Twin Falls, Shane (Kara) Alder of Boise; granddaughters, Taylor Barlogi of Boise, and Amanda (Adam) Spencer of Twin Falls; great grandchildren, Avery, Aiden and Austin Spencer of Twin Falls, and Tretten Alder of Boise, and his four legged companion, Titus.
Don was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma; biological father, John Holman; adoptive father, Jim Barlogi; step sisters, Donnett Baldwin and Fairy Madarietta, and his Aunt Esther, and Uncle, Paul Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, or if you choose to make a memorial contribution, Don would have been honored if you sent them to the Twin Falls Humane Society, 420 Victory Ave., Twin Falls, Idaho 83301 or to the Hagerman Alumni Assn, c/o Glorianne Cortabitarte, 331 East North Street, Hagerman, ID 83332.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Ippolito and his office staff, all the amazing caregivers from Visions Home Health and Hospice, Comfort Keepers, the Veteran’s Administration, and the pharmacists at Smith’s and Dick’s. We could not have kept him comfortably at home without your kindness.
At his request there will be no service. Cremation is under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center and Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls. A private family Celebration of Life will be held on his 83rd birthday.
Hagerman Alumni Assn, c/o Glorianne Cortabitarte
331 East North Street, Hagerman ID 83332
Twin Falls Humane Society
420 Victory Ave., Twin Falls ID 83301