A short History of Don Cazier by himself

DON LOUIS CAZIER 1924 - 2002

I was born in the home of my maternal grandparents, Louis and Stella Brossard on Sunday afternoon, September 14, 1924, in Rigby, Idaho. I was the second child in the family. My brother Dale was born two years earlier on September 15, 1922, in Los Angeles, California. My sister Cathryn was born on November 9, 1932, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

At the age of nine I went to live with my grandparents in Rigby. The early 1930's were depression years. It was always a struggle to buy food, and coal and wood for the stove in the house which was used for heating and cooking. I contributed by earning money by picking up potatoes, thinning and topping beets, pitching hay, threshing grain, chopping wood and delivering newspapers. Although money was scarce I had a wonderful childhood and developed a wide range of interests. I loved scouting and became an eagle scout. Other activities included making my own bow and arrows out of oak, building a chicken coop and raising chickens, playing softball, basketball, and volleyball, and ice hockey. Most of all I loved to fish for trout and to hunt pheasants and ducks.

In 1942 at the age of 18 I joined the navy to participate in World War II. I was sent to the University of Wisconsin and Notre Dame for officer training. After the war ended I was sent to Cleveland, Ohio where I met a beautiful girl by the name of Virginia Snow. We were married a few months later on March 9, 1946. After our honeymoon we settled down to make a living. I started working for the Standard Oil Company of Ohio and then three years later worked for B. F. Goodrich Chemical Company designing new chemical plants.

On December 12, 1946 Bruce, our first child was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the years we had five more children-Sharon, Maureen, Mark, Marcella, and Brent.

In 1957 I started working for the R. T. French Company and was made plant manager of their Shelley, Idaho processing plant. A few years later I was sent to Rochester, New York and became Chief Corporate Engineer. I was assigned to build all their new factories. The first one I completed was in Fresno, California. Then came others located in Missouri, New York, Maine, and Nevada. When construction was complete I was named Vice President of operations for two of French's Divisions. This gave me an opportunity to travel to several European countries, South America, and to Japan.

In addition to the good times of my life there were also the trials and disappointments. My son, Bruce, who was living in New York state, was killed by a hit and run driver. His wife and five children survived him. Another tragedy occurred in 1985. My wife Virginia died unexpectedly of a heart attack.

After Virginia died I started dating a wonderful woman named Patricia Hemenway. We were married on August 2, 1995. With the marriage to Patricia I gained four more children-John, Debra, Kevin, and Paul. At the time Pat and I were married I retired from the R. T. French Co. Not wanting to be idle I went into consulting and formed my own company. I designed a potato processing plant for Russia and went to Moscow for a week to go over the details of the plant.

Patricia and I love to visit our children and grandchildren and have traveled extensively to attend graduations, marriages and church ordinances. We have also seen and enjoyed this great country of ours. We especially enjoyed out trips to Hawaii and Alaska.

One of the high lights of our marriage was serving a mission together in 1992 to 1994 in Washington D. C. South. I served as branch president, and a proselytizing missionary, and played a leadership role. Other church assignments that I have had include being a stake mission president, stake executive secretary, district councilman, serving on church building committees, and teaching various classes.

Our descendants have come rapidly now that Pat and I are getting along in years. If we count all of our children, our grandchildren, their spouses, and their children, our posterity now number 102. We expect many more great grandchildren in the years ahead.

As I am getting older it is more difficult to do the things I love to do. Gardening is more of a chore. And my first love, building houses in my spare time, is or has come to a close. I have built ten homes while I was gainfully employed in corporate life. I not only enjoyed the design work but also the carpentry, masonry, electrical wiring, plumbing, etc. But now I am limited to helping my children and grandchildren with their projects.

Pat and I have a great zest for life and expect to spend a lot of our remaining years in church service, visiting our posterity, and traveling to church historical sites and National Parks.