Eldon L. Anglen, 78

Eldon L. Anglen, 78, of Cottonwood, passed away July 3, 2019, at Grangeville Health and Rehab in Grangeville, ID. Eldon was born September 29, 1940, to Ralph and Beulah Pruitt Anglen in Bonners Ferry, ID. After graduating from High School and completing basic training with the Army National Guard, he returned to Bonners Ferry and married Carol Ann Sams on July 6, 1959. The newlyweds lived in Libby, MT, until 1964, when they moved back to Idaho with their young family. He spent his early working years logging and in sawmills.

Eldon’s love of hunting and the great outdoors led him to enroll at the University of Idaho where he obtained a degree in Wildlife Management in 1971. He worked for the Idaho Fish & Game as a Wildlife Manager and Conservation Officer until his retirement in 1996. His college years and career kept his family on the move – Moscow, Bonners Ferry, Coeur d’ Alene, Harrison, Naples, Garden Valley, Riggins, and finally to Cottonwood in 1990 where he and Carol purchased land and prepared to settle down for retirement. Once retired, Eldon worked seasonally with the Forest Service at Slate Creek.

Eldon is survived by son Darrell E. (Sheri) of Moscow and their children: Sarah Brutsman, Joshua, Jesse and Nathan Anglen and Rachel Virgin; Darla Whitley (Floyd) of Cottonwood and their children: Doris Reedy, Silas and Claire Whitley; and Darren L. (Laurie) of Middleton and their children: Jordan and Emily Anglen; plus 19 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved Carol, his parents, and infant sister Phyllis Rae.

He will be laid to rest alongside Carol at Grandview Cemetery in Bonners Ferry at private graveside service to be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit condolences to family to

Condolences to the family of Eldon L. Anglen, 78

  • Laurie Workman says:

    Darla and family, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, you and your family are in my prayers. Hugs ❤

  • Roger Westfall says:

    Sorry to hear about Eldon. He was the “old officer” in the area when I transferred to Kamiah., and he gave me my first lessons in how to work Steelhead fishermen. We also shared a passion for old cars and trucks, and I enjoyed talking with him.

  • Audrey Bennett Schenck says:

    All my condolence to Eldons family, We (my hubby Clif) and Eldon graduated from high school together in 1958. He was a very good friend. So very sorry for his passing. May the Good Lord bless all.

  • Steve and Sue Winey says:

    So sorry to hear that Eldon passed away. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.

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