The Cederstrom family has suggested that Donations in Don's memory be sent to: History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation 6127 N. Hastings Ave.Boise, ID 83714 Please make the gift payable to HIBF / Cederstrom Memorial.
We are very sad to report that legendary KIDO Engineer and Foundation Member Don Cederstrom passed away on Wednesday January 5th, 2011 at his home in Boise. Don was also the man who built KLIX-TV (now KMVT) signing it on the air in May of 1955. Vera Cederstrom, Don's devoted wife of 44 years, called the Foundation with the news, saying "I wanted you to know, of course." President Art Gregory then called and spoke with "Vee" on Wednesday, who said that Don evidently passed away in his sleep. Vee went on to tell Art "He had a great admiration for you." As we reported in Issue #19 of our Newsletter, Don had a serious heart attack a few months ago and was hospitalized for a number of weeks. His heart was damaged, but when he was able to return home, he called Art and was in good spirits, indicating he was very appreciative of the outpouring of cards and phone calls he had received. Several weeks ago, Don began to retain fluid and he spent the weekend in the hospital. He was released and returned home, and according to Vee, appeared to be doing better. Vera told me that Don professed his love and care for her right to end, saying "what would I do without you?" We feel the same Vera, and join with you in mourning the loss of our dear friend Don, who we will miss so very much.
Vee said she is going take her time about deciding when to have any kind of a Memorial Service for Don. She indicated that Don "had a dedication to broadcasting" that she shared too, and in regards to their involvement in The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation, she and Don were "with you in everything that you do."
So to our friend Don, thank you for all you did to build, maintain, and "love" the stations you worked for. You always kept them on the air and made them "sound" fabulous, and you did so with a smile and a gentle sense of humor. As young broadcasters, many of us were encouraged and mentored by Don. Now it is our turn to thank and honor him.
So as they say in the broadcasting business "stay tuned" to this site and our Newsletter for more information on when and how we can honor Don Cederstrom. In the meantime, we send our love and heartfelt condolences to Don's family and of course, to Vee and her family, who also loved Don with all their heart.