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Donald Asboe
Donald Asboe, Professor Emeritus of Idaho State University, passed away February 13, 2012.
Don, one of four children born to Moravian missionaries, Herman and Margaret Asboe, was born in Okak, Labrador in 1918, at the height of the Spanish flu epidemic. He and his family were among the few survivors of that Inuit village which was burned to the ground to prevent further contamination. During the next few years, Don followed his parents to Hopedale, Labrador, St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and eventually to the old homestead in Malmesbury, England.
In 1928, after his father, A.E. Asboe was ordained an Episcopal priest, the family arrived in Nebraska where Don attended grade school, and later graduated from Beatrice High School. He attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, where he lettered in tennis and earned his degree in 1943. After graduating, he accepted a job at Wymore High School teaching history. While visiting his parents in Pocatello in 1947, Don became acquainted with Dr. Carl McIntosh and Dr. Vio Mae Powell. They asked him to join the Speech Drama Department, of the Southern Branch, as it was known then.
Don married Barbara Gasser, a native Pocatellan, in 1952, and they are the proud parents of five children, all of whom attended Idaho State University. Don's favorite pastime in his younger days was sailing on the American Falls Reservoir with his dad and Barbara and assorted friends. Sea Fever, a tiny catboat, provided daring fun and lively sailing lessons, which came in handy when a bigger sloop, the Thistle, appeared on the scene.Don's career spanned forty years, as he watched the change from the Southern Branch, to Idaho State College, to Idaho State University. During those years he taught Freshman Speech, Reading and Interpretation, set up the stage lighting for department performances, directed many Readers' Theater presentations, and managed Frazier Hall Auditorium. His most rewarding experience was the creation of a puppet theater which traveled, not only to elementary schools in School District #25, but throughout Idaho where he and his students entertained children of all ages.
Don is survived by his wife, Barbara, two sisters, Kathleen (Robert) Brennan, Muriel (Harvey) Skow, and a sister-in law, Ruth (Eric) Asboe. He also leaves behind five beloved children: Lucie Asboe, Peggy (Ron) Carr, Cynthia (David) Misbeek, Andrew (Megan) Asboe, and George (Beth) Asboe, and five of the brightest grandchildren, Mary and Maggie Misbeek, Katie and Andrea Carr, and Matthew Asboe.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 248 North Arthur Ave. Pocatello with Reverend Donald Paulson conducting. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello.
The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at Portneuf Medical Center for their loving support and professionalism. Memorials may be given Donald’s memory to the Theater Arts program at Idaho State University. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at