David Henry Altman, 95, of Grangeville, died at his home Thursday, January 25, 2018. Dave was born in Grangeville on September 20, 1922, to Henry and Ada (Chase) Altman, and grew up with his brothers Ralph and Glen and his sister Marjorie. Dave was baptized into the Christian faith and continued in that same faith in Christ at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Dave attended Sunnyside School north of Grangeville, competed as a sprinter and high jumper, and won a grand prize in steer judging at the Idaho County Fair.
Dave graduated from Grangeville High School in 1941. He began a career in banking, but entered the US military service in December 1942. Dave served in the Army-Air Corps in the South Pacific on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in December 1945.
Dave returned to banking at First Security Bank, where he met Joyce E. Rogers of White Bird, the 1947 Border Days Rodeo Queen employed as a bookkeeper by the bank. They were married Sept. 28, 1947, at Grangeville Christian Church and blessed with seven children: Patty (Don) Coffman, Marilyn Altman, Carolyn Meyer, Gary Altman, Nancy (Greg) Ford, Bonnie (Blaine) Kofoed, and Ken (Christy) Altman.
Dave and Joyce were blessed with nine grandchildren: Lisa Sullivan, Melanie Deede, Shon Meyer, Kristi Coffman-Henley, Breahna Kofoed, Jacob Kofoed, Jordan Kofoed, Nicholas Altman, and Andrew Altman. Dave and Joyce were blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Linsey Sullivan, Megan Sullivan, Hailey Sullivan, Deric Deede, Devin Deede, Mariah Deede, and Katrina Deede.
In the Grangeville community, Dave served on the Border Days committee and worked the rodeo gate with Harriman Henry and Jim Babb, his friends and fellow employees at First Security Bank and Wells Fargo Bank. Dave also served on the hospital board for 14 years.
Dave also clerked auctions for local auctioneers Buck Paul and Shorty Arnzen. In addition to gardening, Dave enjoyed hunting and fishing for recreation.
Dave loved the Camas Prairie and enjoy hunting and fishing for recreation. However, his favorite hobby was always gardening. When he retired from Wells Fargo Bank, Dave and Joyce both stayed busy with gardening and canning produce raised at Dave’s garden in Grangeville and large garden in White Bird. Both he and Joyce remained active members of Trinity Lutheran Church where Dave served as Sunday school teacher, elder, and congregational president.
Despite being afflicted this past year with returning cancer and despite the confusing effects of vascular dementia, Dave’s faith in Christ remained crystal clear. When Pastor Michael Musegades brought Communion, Dave would clearly recite the Lord’s Prayer and words of hymns that he had learned and loved since childhood.
We thank church members, neighbors, doctors, nurses, caregivers and hospice workers who encouraged Dad’s faith in Christ through acts of compassion and words of kindness. Though saddened by his leaving us, we are glad that, through the merits of Christ alone, Dave Altman has joined his beloved Joyce and begun eternal life in Heaven where, by God’s grace, we hope to join him one day.
Viewing will be held Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. A funeral service will be held Friday, February 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Blackmer Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery. Gifts may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 North Mill St., Grangeville, ID 83530, or American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.