Donald Lewis Boeff, a longtime resident of Colville, went peacefully to heaven on June 15, 2013. He was 87-years-old. Don was born near Dexter, MN on August 13, 1925, to Wil¬¨helm and Paulina (Zeh) Boeff. He graduated from high school at the age of 16 and went on to graduate with a B.S. degree in pre-med from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Don also served in the U.S. Navy and was a WWII Veteran.
Don had a great passion for the outdoors and wanted nothing more in life than to catch a few trout, hike a mountain in search of huckleberries or go camping with the family. He turned this love for the outdoors into a vacation by becoming a California State Park Ranger, giving him the opportunity to live in some of the most beautiful places in California. Later, he moved his family to the Little Pend Oreille Lakes near Colville, where he and his wife owned and operated the Beaver Lodge Resort for many years. In addition to running the resort, he also drove a school bus and in later years delivered mail for the post office.
Don was always energetic and optimistic; he loved Je¬¨sus, dancing, potluck dinners, hunting, and trapping, and his dogs (Jacque, Fritzi and Boots). He served the Grace Evangelical Free Church in Colville as an Elder for many years and counted himself privileged to do so. Don was always willing to help any¬¨one who needed it, both family and his many friends. He loved to talk to people and was a vivid storyteller. He was never hap¬¨pier than when captivating an audience with one of his real life adventures.
Don never stopped holding hands with MaryLou, his be¬¨loved wife of 67 happy years, who survives him. Other survi¬¨vors in¬¨clude his three children, Douglas Boeff, Chewelah; Lisa Luiten and her husband Jack, Colville; and Heidi Boyd-Grantham and her husband, Donald, Denver, CO. Don loved spending time with his nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Brooke, Matthew, Kyle, James, Drew, Lindsay B., Lindsey Lu, Jesse and several great-grandchildren.
His children and grand¬¨children were fortunate to grow up with a man who never tired of playing cards, games, taking them fishing, reading to them, talking with them, and attending their numerous activities with enthusiasm and a zest for life that was contagious.
His family would like to express deep gratitude to Jackie and the staff at Pinewood Terrace for their extraordinary, loving care of Don toward the end of his life. They would also like to thank Coralee Shaw for a million things, in a million ways.
A memorial service for Don will be held at a later date.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.