Donna Arlene Aldrich

November 6, 1933October 27, 2013

Donna Aldrich, 79 of Idaho Falls passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Pinebrook Assisted Living Center in Idaho Falls. She was born on November 6, 1933 in Fresno, California to Donald & Perry Craig Williams.

Donna was born to ride horses! From an early age, she enjoyed competitive riding, showing in English pleasure riding. She also loved trail riding and the great outdoors. She later went on to raise Appaloosa horses and beef cattle. She was a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club for 14 years.

Donna always said she was born a century too late, likening herself to Calamity Jane of the Old West. From Colorado to California, she explored old farms and ranches, collecting relics of days gone by, which gave her home the feeling of the Old West Frontier. She also visited many historical sites, often on horseback, including the old hunting route the Nez Perce Indians followed to escape the U.S. Cavalry.

Donna’s pioneer spirit was also reflected in numerous, interesting jobs. She’d had her heart set on being a large-animal vet, but her diminutive size made that difficult. Instead, she did just about everything else; from working at a bank, to being a mail carrier, to inspecting tiles for the Space Shuttle while working for EG&G. She never lost her love for animals, though, and spent most of her ‘free’ time caring for God’s beautiful creatures.

Donna is survived by her sons, Eugene DiMaggio and Michael (Machell) Aldrich and 2 grandchildren, Wesley and KJ Aldrich. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley, with whom she is now reunited and no doubt trail riding in heaven. She also has three step-grandchildren, Courtney, Ashley and Bryce and she has a beautiful step great-grandchild Hallie.

A Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls, with Deacon Chris Reilly, celebrant. Happy trails mom (grandma). We love you and miss you!


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Donna Arlene Aldrich

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marge scheuber

July 26, 2014

I was sorry to hear of her passing. I have been searching Craig relatives for some time and have spent time doing research in Monterey County where the Craig family established roots from Ireland. I am sorry that I could not find your family until now. My mother was a first cousin to Perry Craig. Also my mom's parent's took Perry's brother Johnnie to raise and then sadly he drowned in the Salinas River as a teen.

Marge Scheuber, Modesto California

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November 3, 2013

Donna was a special friend to me for many years - I seen Michael grow into a wonderful person and enjoyed the times Bill and I had with both Wes and Donna - her love for horses was great and I'm she will be with them and Wes in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family - God Bless you and watch over you.
Bill & Annette Siegel, Yuma, AZ

Pablo-Terry Villicana

November 1, 2013

Our prayers go out to you and your family for the passing of your Mom. Know that she will always be there with you as you carry her in your heart...

Lisa Aldrich

October 30, 2013

I am grateful for our time spent as family. Thank you for the memories, life's lessons, and love.

Lucille Dale

October 30, 2013

although we miss our parents when they are gone, it's comforting that they are united on the other side...