Charles Don Atkinson
Charles Don Atkinson, age 77, a longtime resident of Malad City, Idaho, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 10th, 2023, following extended health issues. Don was born on October 28th, 1946 in Samaria, Idaho. A son of Charles Waldron Atkinson and Ethel Anna Anderson Atkinson Smith. He was raised in Oneida County and graduated from Malad High School, class of 1964.
He had a passion for collecting and rebuilding old cars, his favorite was a 1965 Chevy Malibu SS. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, at the ranch camping, fishing and atv’ing. His favorite place to visit was the Sawtooth Mountains. He loved his dogs, anything with John Wayne and old Western reruns. After a tour of duty in the Army, where he was stationed in Germany, he worked several years as a Field Service Technician specializing in servicing air compressors and pumps.
Don married Cheryl Braker on November 14th, 1969 and later divorced. Together they had 3 children: Michelle of American Fork, Utah, Matt (Kaylee) of Syracuse, Utah, and Elisha of Nashville, Tennessee; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren & several grand puppies. He shared the last 20 years with his fiancé Verta Price and best dog friend Bella. Don is 1 of 6 children and several stepchildren. He is survived by 1 brother Dale (Ruth Ann) of Garland, Utah. He is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Sam Smith, 3 sisters and 1 brother. There will be no services. Celebration of life for close family at a later date.