Donald Wesley Albert
Donald Wesley Albert, 78, passed away April 2, 2009. He was born June 26, 1930, in Boulder, CO, to Charles and Una (Arbuthnot) Albert. He grew up in Boulder and Pinedale, WY, spending most of his time on his Granddad and Grandma Arbuthnot’s farm. Don spent his career working on Hereford ranches. His first job was helping with Dan Thornton’s dispersion (Dan would later become governor of Colorado). He also worked for Staley Herefords in Pullman, WA, Claude Williams Ranch in Prineville, OR, Hillsdale Farms in Chino, CA, and Green Gulch Ranch in Reno, NV. He worked a few years for the Western Livestock Reporter as a field editor. He retired in 1993 as the ag research supervisor for the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a U.S. Marine and served his country in Korea. Donald married Mary Alice Sigman in Prineville on June 18, 1960. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Dawn Marie (Ron) Alexander; a son George Wesley (Michele); three grandchildren, Amy Lynn, Tyrel Lee and Cooper Donald; a sister, Darlene Hayman; a brother, Duane; numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins and friends. He lived a full life, active as a 4-H leader in Prineville and Reno, and an advisor to the Nevada Junior Hereford Association for 10 years. He enjoyed woodworking, taking pictures, reading and traveling with his wife. In lieu of flowers, send contributions to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, 1201 NE Elm Street, Prineville, OR 97754, 541/447-2501, or the Crook County Historical Society, 246 N Main Street, Prineville, OR 97754, 541/447-3715.