David Allen Tesdall
March 29, 1946 ~ September 3, 2012
September 18, 2012
Allen Tesdall, 66, passed away on September 3,
2012, at his home near Moyie Springs. Graveside
services were held September 17 at Grandview
Cemetery, Bonners Ferry.
David was born on March 29, 1946, to Clyde
Edward and Helen Irene (Betz) Tesdall. He spent
most of his youth in Oakland, California, until
he moved with his parents to the Sierra Nevada
Mountains about the time he started high school.
He had a difficult childhood, beginning at birth
with a heart valve problem. During his early
childhood he suffered from many illnesses and
allergy-related problems, to the extent that he
was unable to attend school and required
home-schooling for about two years. He grew up
fearful of strangers, especially anyone wearing
white, due to the numerous doctors and
David graduated from Placerville Union High
School, Placerville, California, and then from
California State University, Stanislaus, where
he received a degree in electrical engineering.
Between high school and college he enlisted in
the U.S. Navy. After college he worked for
awhile in the electrical field, but finally
yielded to his long-time desire to become a
big-rig truck driver. He loved classic rock n'
roll and pop hit music from the '50s and '60s,
and played the guitar. Not caring much for TV,
he was an avid radio listener.
Growing up his pets were a cocker spaniel named
"Pogo," a cat named "Smokey," and a pet canary
that would crawl across its perch to press
against the bars of its cage nearest David so
that David, but only David-, could blow on its
The spring of 2005 David left his home in
Watsonville, California, and began his search
for a more secluded and quieter space to make
his home. Knowing Idaho was far less populated
he began looking in southern Idaho.
At the urging of acquaintances he had made in
the Boise area he moved farther north to Coeur
d' Alene. He quickly saw the beauty of North
Idaho and that he was not far from family he
knew that lived in Bonners Ferry.
Once he saw the Kootenai Valley and the
surrounding mountains he said, "this where I
will make my new home." In a short time he found
just the quiet spot he so longed for with
wonderful neighbors, whom he became very fond
and who were watchful and attentive to him as
his health was failing. All who knew David were
greeted with a "Hello, hello, hello!" and a big
smile while always chewing on a 'square' tooth
pick. He will be greatly missed.
David is survived by his sister Patricia (Ralph)
Trent, Brentwood, California, and Cousin Lois
(Adrian) Litalien, Bonners Ferry.
David had received Jesus Christ as his Lord and
Savior. David loved his family and God most of
all. He wanted the entire world to know of God's
goodness, love and mercy, and he's now in peace
at last with Our Lord and Savior.
Family and friends are invited to sign David’s
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of
Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.