- September 6, 1934 - October 12, 2016
- Boise, Idaho
of Albert's Passing
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Albert crossed over peacefully at the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho on October 12, 2016. Albert served in the 38th Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, and the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
Albert was born in Nampa, Idaho as the oldest son of Hollis and Ellen VanDorn. He was one of four children. He spent his early childhood in Wendell, Idaho with his family raising turkeys. Later, the family moved to Meridian, Idaho where he spent the rest of his life.
As a young man, Albert worked on a family member's ranch in Drewsey, Oregon, where he started fine-tuning his cowboy skills. He competed as a professional rodeo cowboy in the Rodeo Cowboys Association. He bought is RCA card in 1964 (#C9000) and started traveling full time competing in Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling and other events. With traveling partners like Jim Roeser, Bob A. Robinson, Mac Griffith, Jerry Schooley and others, Albert was living his dream. He competed at rodeos in both the USA and Canada. Some of this favorite wins included the All-Around Cowboy at Ellensburg, Washington and at North Washington, Pennsylvania.
1967 Albert married Judi, and together they traveled the rodeo circuit while raising their children Jerry and Joey. Albert was a loving and proud father and made sure his children had whatever they needed including nice cars and fast horses.
He worked with Butler Brothers & Sons Rodeo Company, and later with Bobby Christenson and Christenson Brothers Rodeo Company, forming life-long friendships.
Along with his friend Wayne Wright (Wright Construction), Albert learned the construction business from the ground up. Albert later bought Black Cat Sand & Gravel and ran that company for several years. After retiring from rodeo he started Blue Streak Horse Transportation, hauling horses coast-to-coast, which he continued until his retirement.
Albert was inducted into the Idaho Rodeo Hall of fame in 2013.
Albert gained many cherished friends from all aspects of this life. He was the type of man that if you asked for ten dollars and he had twelve in his pocket he would give you it all. He never worried about money because he always felt he could just work harder to make more.
Albert lived life to its fullest and on his own terms. Many have recognized Albert's strength of character and the straight-out toughness of the man.
He is survived by his daughter Joey (Greg), brother Howard VanDorn, sister Mary (Don) Ihrig, brother Butch (Wanda) VanDorn, several nieces and nephews and good friend and brother-in-law Jed Baker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Jerry, and his close friend Irene Tyson.
The family would like extend a warm Thank You to the staff at the Boise VA Hospital and at DaVita Caldwell Dialysis Center for the fine care that Albert was given. Also, a special Thank you to his close personal friends Jim and Marion Seibel.
A celebration of the life of Albert VanDorn will be held at the Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 N. Cloverdale Road on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm.
1200 N Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
Tel. (208) 375-2212