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Glen R DeFord

June 14, 1945 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Glen DeFord Obituary

COEUR D’ALENE: Glen R. DeFord, 78, of Grangeville, died Saturday, December 16, 2023 at Hospice of North Idaho Schneidmiller House in Coeur d'Alene. He was born to Henry Roy (Frenchy) and Bettie Anna (Shinn) DeFord in White Bird, Idaho on June 14, 1945.

Glen attended grade school at White Bird until the 8th grade and attempted to continue onto high school. He attended one month of his freshman year at Grangeville High School, dropped out of school for another month and went back to give it another attempt. The second attempt only lasted one month. Due to being a rowdy child, he got put to work at the local Bentz Ranch in White Bird. He lived and grew up on the Bentz Ranch with Jerry and Chase Bentz. He did every chore they could find for him.

In 1964 he met Lorraine Lowe and she was fresh out of high school. On July 1, of that same year, Lorraine and Glen were married. For the next 5 years Glen continued ranching and worked for the Heckman and Circle C Ranches. In 1969 they welcomed their first son Carl. Even though Glen had the ranching life, the woods were calling his name, and the adventures soon began.

In the early 70’s, Glen moved to New Mexico to start his career in logging. In 1972 they welcomed their second son Brad. In 1975 the family moved back to White Bird, Idaho. During this time, he worked at the mill in Riggins and also had their third child Sherry. In the 1980’s the trees were calling his name again and the family moved back to New Mexico for Glen to work in the woods. Being in the woods was Glen’s passion. The family counted 23 times they moved all over the west coast because Glen had to chase the next logging job. They lived in various states including New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Utah and Oregon. It was always the family saying, the DeFord kids could pack up a house faster than anyone around. Mainly because they finally got to the point where they wouldn’t completely unpack the vehicle, because they knew within a week or maybe a month, they would be going to relocate too somewhere else.

In 1991 Glen and Lorraine moved back to Idaho and purchased the property in Grangeville. He then left Idaho again and took a different career path. He worked in the oil fields in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Once again, the woods had to call him back. In 1997 Glen worked with Bob Ross and together they had a logging outfit. They worked for a couple of years together. Even though he was back in the woods, he had to try the Alaskan oil fields just once more. In 1999 he went back to Alaska and drove a water truck for oil rigs. In November of 2002 Lorraine passed away. His career later ended in the oil fields due to his shoulder injury in 2008.

Following the recovery of his shoulder, he couldn’t just lay around. He had to get back out and of course, be amongst the trees. In 2012, his sons Carl and Brad DeFord, formed DeFord Brothers Logging and Glen began to work alongside them. He worked with his sons until 2022 when a health issue forced him to stop work. It was at this time; he began to settle into retirement.

Throughout his life, Glen worked for numerous logging companies; LTL, Bill Rae Logging, Jackson Logging, RGMM Logging, Tom Marek Logging and many others.

Glen was a tough and hard worker. He always had a smile on his face and was sure to make you laugh.

Most important to him was family. He would be at every sporting event, rodeo or any family gathering. He loved fishing and playing cribbage. Playing cribbage was a big part of his life as you would find him weekly at the Idaho County Veterans Center playing cribbage with his friends or Saturdays at the Silver Dollar Bar in White Bird competing in the cribbage tournaments.

His smile, attitude, funny sayings and tales will be missed by all who loved him (whether they were true or not).

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lorraine, sister Marjorie McCulley, brother Melvin Cash, brother in laws; Ray Freeman and Wilbur McCulley, sister-in-law; Marva Cash.

Glen is survived by his sons; Carl (Lori) DeFord and Brad DeFord. Daughter Sherry Brannan. 6 grandchildren; Megan (Wade) Peterson, Austin Brannan, Morgan (Nate) Duckworth, Justin DeFord, Molly DeFord and Bryden (Hailey) Brannan. 3 great grandkids; Rauslee, Blakelee, and Wesley. Brothers Elmer (Marilyn) DeFord and Sam Cash. Sisters; Yvette Freeman, Betty Ann (Mike) Neal and sister-in-law Carol Cash and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Friday, December 22, 2023 at 11:00 am at the White Bird IOOF Hall. Interment will follow at White Bird Cemetery. A potluck style luncheon will be held back at the IOOF Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

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Funeral Service
Friday
December 22, 2023

11:00 AM
White Bird IOOF Hall
149 River Street
White Bird, ID 83554

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