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Douglas Michael Ballard

Douglas Michael Ballard, 67, died Monday, Nov. 4 at his home near Clark Fork, Idaho.

He was born in Modesto to Jack and Syble Ballard. He was a native of Oakdale and attended Oakdale High School.

He married Loretta Joyce McDonald on Nov. 4, 1967 in Carson City, Nev. He founded D & B Precision Sheet Metal in 1979 in Riverbank. He retired in 2006 and his son Wesley now owns and successfully manages D & B Precision Sheetmetal, Inc. in Oakdale.

A lover of north Idaho, he purchased a home in Clark Fork in 1990 and fully restored a 1920 vintage house. After retirement he sold the home in Clark Fork and purchased a ranch to renovate for his two young sons. He is a man who lived to achieve his dreams.

Mr. Ballard was an avid craftsman and rancher. He could build absolutely anything and fix everything from a broken down house to a broken heart. There will never be another like him. He was a perfect gentleman in life and the same as he faced his death. He will forever be in his loved ones’ hearts as a very great man who had incredible visions with outstanding accomplishments.

Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta Joyce Ballard of Clark Fork, Idaho; son, Wesley (Holly) Ballard of Oakdale; daughter, Heather Marie (Kenny) Reed of Ceres; brothers, Jack V. Ballard Jr., William Patrick “Bill” Ballard; grandchildren, Dougie III, Zyler, Samantha, Morgan, Spence, Jessica, Justina, Joshua; great-granddaughters Gweneth, Chloe; beloved cousin, Jerry Bernacchi; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack V. Ballard, Sr. and Syble Frances Ballard Aguilar; and his oldest son, Douglas Michael Ballard II.

Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at Cabinet Mountain Calvary Chapel, Clark Fork, Idaho, with Pastor Scott Douglas officiating. Burial followed at Clark Fork Cemetery.

Lakeview Funeral Home, Sandpoint, Idaho, in charge of arrangements.