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Austin Lloyd Albright Sr.

September 11, 1922 ~ June 11, 2017 (age 94)

Austin Lloyd Albright of Middleton, Idaho passed away on June 11, 2017 at the age of 94. Austin was born in Braddock, North Dakota on September 11, 1922 to H.P. Albright and Lucy Belle Wiley. His family moved to Middleton, Idaho to farm in 1935. He was a resident of Middleton from that time until his death.

Austin enlisted in the U.S. Army towards the end of World War II. He was a Private First Class in the 408th Airborne Division, Quartermaster Company. He was deployed to the Philippines to rebuild the island after the war and to replace men that were lost. Austin was in the infantry and also trained to fight in Japan. He was in Japan for one year where he was a guard of a Japanese warehouse. Although he never saw combat, he earned several decorations before he was discharged in November of 1946. Austin returned to the family farm to continue helping his father. 

In 1948, Austin attended the Fireman’s Ball, in Nampa, Idaho. He immediately fell for the lovely Dawn Dyer, whom he went on to court for three years. On March 3, 1951, Austin and Dawn married at the First Christian Church in Nampa, Idaho in front of many family members and dear friends. They took over the family dairy farm in Middleton. They began a family in 1952 and went on to have three boys and one girl.

For 40 years, they raised their children and worked on the dairy farm. All four of the Albright children graduated from Middleton schools. The family attended Star Christian Church for many years. In 1991, Austin and Dawn retired, sold the farm and moved to their dream home within the Middleton community. In 2002, they moved across Middleton to the home of their daughter, Cindy, where Austin lived until just before his death.

In retirement, Austin and Dawn spent many summers vacationing in McCall, playing pinochle with sister in law, Merry Dell Morris, were very active with friend, church, grandchildren and travel.

Austin was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers Paul and Charles, one sister, Lois, his son, Wade and his son-in-law, Brian Gallagher.  He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dawn, his eldest son Austin and wife Kim, his son Terry, and his daughter Cindy. He has 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren, and another on the way. He is also survived by many extended family members.


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