Alfred (Bill) William Donnally, died Jan. 7, 2018, at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif. He was cared for with respect, dignity, and 24-hour attentiveness.
He came into this world at his parents’ home in Mt. Idaho, Idaho, Jan. 30, 1924. He would have been 94. His parents were Marian and Frank Donnally. He had many fond memories and quite a few stories he loved to share. He attended grade school at Rocky Point, then graduated from Grangeville High in 1942. He returned every summer to attend Border Days and catch up with classmates at a class reunion or a get-together in the park.
After graduation, he spent the summer working in Farragut, Idaho, building the training station for the Navy boot camp, which ironically he was then sent to when he joined the Navy that next year. He was a storekeeper and served on eight ships. The first ship he served on was the Neshanic.
He traveled many places and married Ethel Bauer in 1947. They had a daughter, Judith Nancy, and then divorced in 1948.
In 1949, Bill was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. There he met and worked with Tei (Kayson) Siato. They were married in 1952, celebrating 65 years of marriage on Dec. 22nd.
They were stationed in Taiwan and Las Vegas. The final ship he served on was the Preble from 1966-1967, after 30 years of military service, he retired in National City, Calif.
He tended bar for 10 years, traveled to many ship reunions with the crew of his first ship, the Neshanic. They were not just co-workers, but family. A tight-knit bunch, watching out for each other, and their families.
His love of the ocean included fishing. In retirement, he built one small boat and two seaworthy boats that he fished on many days of the week. He loved to share his hobby with many. He and Kayson would enjoy a walk after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, meeting many neighbors and forming many friendships. The neighborhood dogs looked forward to their daily treats, as well.
If he cared for you, he gave you a nickname. His sister was lovingly called “Sister Toots” as long as remembered.
He is survived by his loving wife, Tei Donnally, of National City, Calif.; his sister, Carol Donnally, of Lewiston, Idaho; two grandsons, Mike Deitzen, Chris Deitzen (wife Monica); great grandsons, Bradley, Nick and Jaimon, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins who loved him dearly.
He is also survived by a godson, Ricky Grasser (wife Tracy) and a close family friend, Linda Pardy.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marian Moore Donnally, his father, Frank Donnally, and his daughter, Judith Nancy Wolfe.
A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date in National City, Calif. and in Mt. Idaho, Idaho where his ashes will be laid to rest.
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