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Donald Styles "Mote" Carley

May 25, 1927 — September 29, 2021

Donald Styles Carley- Donald Styles “Mote” Carley passed away peacefully in his home in Ketchum (his paradise) with his wife Catherine at his side. Mote was born in Spokane, WA in 1927 but moved to Boise at a young age and graduated from Boise HS, University of Idaho, and the Thunderbird School of International Management. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he had a long career in the food industry working for Mountain States Wholesale, A & P Foods and his own company Vendredi Company. His career included food distribution within the mountain states to exporting U.S. food products to the Middle East to importing food products from Australia, Chile, China, and Europe to the U.S. He was often a step ahead of the industry standard.

Mote was a creative, romantic and a renaissance man for sure. He excelled in all of his personal interests including tennis, shooting, skiing, cooking, reading, gardening, and socializing. Mote read constantly over a wide variety of subjects, but history was his preferred read. He retained an unusal amount of the material he read which made for an exceptional companion to discuss a multitude of subjects while preparing a gourmet meal in his kitchen.

His family meant everything to him. Mote was preceded in death by his oldest son, David, his sister, June, his mother June and his father. Mote is survived by his youngest son, Clay and wife Jan (Boise), his grandsons Reid (Boise) and Christian (Boulder, Co), his two granddaughters Adria Pincock (Derby, KS) and Doni Carley (Portland, OR) and his siblings Carolyn, John, and Sue and his wife Catherine (Ketchum) her son Marshall Rawlings, her daughter Ashley Anderson (Curt Anderson) and her grandchildren Jack Anderson, Peter Anderson, and Cameron Rawlings.

While much more could be written about Mote’s life, he frequently commented on the obituary section by saying, “Too long”. So, in the spirit of Mote’s preference this will end here.
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