Don F. Scoffield, 83, of Three Forks, MT, passed away quietly on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.
Don was born in 1927 in Layton, UT, and grew up on a farm, the youngest of 13 kids. He learned to work hard and enjoy life from a young age.
He met his sweetheart, Patsy Del Moss, as a sophomore in high school. Pat asked Don to a girl’s choice dance and their life together began. They graduated in 1945 and were married the next year in the Salt Lake City Temple.
The newlyweds headed north in 1949 to work for Don’s brother on the Park Trail Ranch near Toston, MT. An opportunity arose to run a ranch near Three Forks in 1951, and they seized the chance. They were able to purchase the ranch soon after and have been ranching and farming the Scoffield land outside Three Forks every day since.
In addition to ranching, Don worked at the vet clinic in Three Forks for 17 years. He also involved himself in the community over the past 60 years, serving on the school board, Security Bank board of directors, participating in bowling leagues and attending as many TFHS sporting events as possible, especially when his children and grandchildren were participating.
Don had a special love for horses from the time he was a boy. In the ’70s, Don bought a colt he named Dexter and raised him. He showed Dexter at the fair and decided to try him on the race track. This was the beginning of a lifelong passion for owning and training race horses, a hobby that Don and Pat enjoyed together for decades.
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Scoffields helped establish the Mormon congregation in the Three Forks area. They also played an important role in the building of the first Mormon chapel, which now serves as the public library on Main Street.
No one was a stranger to Don and if you knew how to talk he’d soon know something about you. His work ethic, jokes, songs, stories and friendships are a hallmark to his memory that have left a print on thousands of hearts. A history of Don’s life is shared on http://www.donscoffield.blogspot.com, where all are welcome to share memories and condolences.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, George and Crilla Scoffield; eight brothers, one sister and one granddaughter, Amber Dawn Foy.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patsy; his four children: Ralph (Elna) of Three Forks, Sandra (Dave) Gaskin of Bozeman, Bonnie (Clay) Foy of Spanish Fork, UT, and George (Janet) of Three Forks; as well as 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by three sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the LDS Church, 601 5th Ave. E., Three Forks.