Donald Maurice Fickes, 1940 – 2019
YO, Listen up! I just wanted to thank everyone, for all your help and friendship, along the way, while I journeyed on this earth. I read once, “Think of yourself as an immortal being, having a mortal experience.” I believe this to be true. With that thought in mind, I’ll share with you what I have learned. My spirit left my Heavenly Fathers realm and was united with a physical body, provided by my earthly parents. Earl Maurice Fickes & Stella Mae Mitchell, on march 15, 1940, in Escanaba Michigan. I had an older sister Sherry Lynn, younger sister Karen Louise. We moved back to Idaho in 1944 and my brother Dennis Myron Completed the family. We had great parents, Dad was Forest Ranger, so we wintered in town so we could go to school, and spent the summers in the mountains. My youthful years couldn’t been any better. the 50’s were great years, as a teenager. Warm days and cool evenings, beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers, wild game of all kinds. I learned all about nature and how important it was to all living things from my earthly father. I started school in Mountain Home, 3th thru 10th went to Boise schools. We moved to Twin Falls and I graduated there in 1958. I went to Boise Junior college for two years, Then joined the Air Force for 4 years. Schooled to be an electronic technician, in Texas, and Mississippi. I was then assigned to maintained the equipment in the airport control tower at Hill AFB in Utah. I loved that career field and the challenges it provided. Returning from a day of skiing on that beautiful Wasatch mountain range, I found out I had orders sending me to Tripoli, Libya. I Lived and worked in a Communications unit on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. It was beautiful there. I wanted to see some of Europe. So I caught a airplane heading north an ended up in Paris France. The old doors closed and new one opened, I found myself a guest in LDS home for 10 days, I had crossed paths with a high school friends sister, she was going to college there. After her classes we took in all the sights of Paris. When I went to leave I was invited to have prayer, as I heard my name, and a request to God, to get me back to My duty station in North Africa. A feeling that I never encountered before, and later learned was, the Holy Ghost, came over me. it changed my life forever. Following the spirit after that, I was baptized into “The Church of Jesus Christ.” It was there I met “the love of my life, Carolyn.” We were sealed in the Idaho Falls temple, Jun 3, 1966, For “time and eternity.” Not just “till death do us part.” what a fantastic feeling knowing that there will probably be some time apart at death, but that we will be together forever. When we both get to the other side. We started life together in Boise where I worked for the Idaho Air National Guard, in the electronic field, I loved every minute, so it wasn’t just a job. I retired after 30 years. Carolyn was a beautician for 38 years Our marriage brought us six children, Staci, and her children, Chelsea, Jordyn, Sara. Shaun & Dianne and children Sydney, Harrison, Tyler, Brennon. Steve and his children Drake and Hayden. Sandee and Rich, his Children Kemma & Ryder. Scott and his children Miles an Phoebe.. Our youngest Sheree. Completed our family. Also 4 great grand sons Daxtyn. Rawley, Hudson and Porter, 4 great granddaughters Andi, Mickie, Ava, and new baby girl coming soon in Sept. and With Six children, we had plenty of excitement and adventures when raising a family, Family reunions were always a highlight thru the years. So were vacations and camping. We fished and hunted with my Father, and learned to appreciated the outdoors. All in All life, children, Families and church were the jewels of happiness. Love to all, I’ll be waiting for you all when your time on Earth is finished Donald.
Today, I learned that your family is mourning the loss of your beloved Donald. Please accept my condolences and be assured that almighty God is certainly aware of your painful feelings. May God comfort and sustain you to get through this day and others to come (Isa 41:13). Wishing your family all the best at this most difficult period.
Our deepest sympathies. May God grant your family comfort and peace Isaiah 25:8
I wanted to add my condolences to Mr. Fickes family and friends. Sadly, the sting of pain that death leaves is something all too common to mankind. The Bible described death as an enemy to all of us, but, it also said that soon death will never exist again. In 1 Corinthians 15:26, it says “the last enemy death will be brought to nothing.” We can certainly look forward to this future free from this horrible adversary.