Don H. Ballard


Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2001

Longtime Homer resident Don H. Ballard died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at his home in Homer. He was 74.

At his request, no services will be held. His ashes will be spread over the family homestead in Soldier Mountain, Idaho in the spring.

Mr. Ballard was born Oct. 31, 1926, in Nampa, Idaho. He graduated from Bellingham High School and then studied forestry at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., for three years. In February 1945, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the 336th Complement Squadron. He obtained the rank of corporal. He was honorably discharged in October 1946. He enlisted for basic airborne training in December 1950, serving in Korea. While in his second enlistment, he was given several honors including the National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Army Occupation Medal in Japan, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Mr. Ballard was a seiner fisherman in Southeast Alaska, working on his cousin's boat from the late 1940s to 1973. In 1974, he bought his first driftnet boat and fished around False Pass. He fished there until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Ballard crewed with friends until the late 1990s. He was a member of the Heritage Bible Fellowship and was earlier a member of the Homer Christian Church. He was also a master at fish net repair and hanging.

"Don was a loyal, committed friend, husband, brother and stepfather. He was a very hard worker and was there to help anyone and at anytime," his family said.

Mr. Ballard is survived his wife of 16 years, Karen, of Homer; stepson, Everett Clifton of Anchorage; stepdaughter, Kimberlee Honsowetz and her husband Ged of Bremerton, Wash.; grandchildren, Aislinn Miner and her husband Patrick of Lakewood, Wash., and Polung, Mingder and Jung Lee-Clifton, all of Anchorage; great-grandson, Brandon of Lakewood; sisters, Ramona Villani of Bellingham and Yvonda St. Amour of Bend, Ore.; brothers, Phillip Ballard of Hamilton, Mont., and Bob Ballard of Nampa; brother-in-law, William Blunt of Lymon-Hamilton, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Cheryl Wingate and Gail Riddle and her husband Walt of Bellingham., and Marlene Engmark of Surprise, Ariz.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society for cancer research, at P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611-2165

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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