Don Eliason of Holbrook will be inducted into the 2013 Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame for his successful contributions to ranching, crop production and community involvement.
Although he would rather be known as a cowman, Eliason has raised barley, corn and nearly enough hay to provide for his large cow and calf operation. Through natural breeding and artificial insemination, Eliason maintains a herd of 800 Black Angus cows. Summer range includes Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service ground.
Perhaps Eliason’s greatest contribution to agriculture is the example he has set for future generations. This hard working cowboy can still be found riding his horse while working the cows. He actively participates in cutting, roping and branding activities on his ranch.
Very active in the Holbrook community, Eliason is president of the Curlew Horse and Cattle Association. He has also been instrumental in organizing and serving with the Oneida Search and Rescue for 20 years, a member of the Oneida County Library Board for 27 years and a member of the Curlew Valley Rodeo Board for 50 years.
Eliason also helped organize, and after 37 years continues to participate with, the Malad Valley Community Chorus.