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Laurens Donahue Hosford


Laurens Donahue Hosford, 86, of Mackay, Idaho, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013, in Ontario, Oregon.  Laurens was born July 19, 1927 in Mackay to Anna Donahue and Laurens Hosford.

At the age of two Laurens contracted polio and while the disease impacted his cognitive abilities, the kindness, humor and sensitivity of his personality were always on display.  Everyone who knew Laurens was touched by his gentle manner.   

Until the last two years of his life, Laurens lived with a family member.  Laurens’ father died in 1950 and he lived with his mother until her death in 1975.  A short time later, his cousin, Patrick Donahue and Patrick’s wife Patsy “adopted” Laurens.  The Donahue family (Pat, Patsy, Kathy, Kevin and Erin) cared for Laurens for 37 years.  In 2012, when he needed more care than could be provided at home, Patsy decided to put Laurens in the care of the Presbyterian Community Care Center in Ontario. His natural charm quickly won the hearts of the staff at PCCC and he could not have been in a more loving and caring environment for the final two years of his life.   

Memorial services were held January, 2, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2612 W State St, Boise, Idaho.  Burial was at Mt. McCaleb Cemetery in Mackay January 3, 2014. 

Memorials in Laurens’ name may be made to Presbyterian Community Care Center, 1085 N. Oregon St., Ontario, Oregon, 97914.

Services under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel.

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