Sunday, September 19, 2010

News Paper Article

This newspaper article was printed on September 14, 2010. I think it was very well written.

Business leader dies at 69
Influential Idaho Falls businessman, community leader and philanthropist Doug Andrus Jr. died Sunday following a long battle with cancer.

Andrus, 69, is remembered by family and friends as a successful businessman who thanked the community for its support by investing his time and money in local youth and religious programs.

"He'll be remembered for his humility, as a humble man of integrity," Bonneville County Commissioner Roger Christensen said.

Andrus is perhaps best known as a co-owner of the company that bears his name, Doug Andrus Distributing of Idaho Falls. The business -- known across the West for its signature red tractor-trailers -- was formed in 1937 by Andrus' parents, Doug Sr. and Veatrice.

Born in 1941, Andrus grew up in Idaho Falls and supported himself by driving trucks for his father's business while studying finance and management at Ricks College and Brigham Young University. In 1975, Andrus and his brother, Heber, bought the company when their father retired, Heber Andrus said.

Together, the Andrus brothers guided the company from its modest roots as a six-truck operation to its current status as the largest Idaho-based trucking company. Today, the company maintains a fleet of 270 trucks and does business across the United States and throughout western Canada. The Andrus brothers also started Dad's Travel Center truck stops and own the Andco Leasing real estate development company.

"It's kind of fun to look back and see what we were able to accomplish together," Heber Andrus said.

Andrus regularly used his fleet of vehicles to transport canned goods to local food banks and even sent truckloads of supplies to Hurricane Katrina relief centers on the Gulf Coast.

In January 2009, Doug Andrus Jr. was presented with the Grand Teton Chapter of the BYU Management Society's inaugural Granite Pillar Award -- an award recognizing ethics in the business world.

"Doug has demonstrated a commitment to live by moral and ethical standards in both his personal life as well as in his business associations," society President Art Rammell said at the time.

Although he was known by many for his accomplishments in the business world, those closest to Andrus said his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints were his proudest achievements.

"Doug had a great love and support for Scouting, which he exhibited with his time and generous support to the Scout program," said Grand Teton Council Scout Executive Clarke Farrer, adding that Andrus served on the executive council for more than 20 years.

Andrus also held various leadership roles within the LDS church, including those of stake president, sealer in the Idaho Falls Temple and mission president in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission.

"He always wanted to be a missionary for the church," Heber Andrus said. "His service in church was probably the most important thing to him."

Melaleuca Inc. CEO Frank VanderSloot said Andrus, as an LDS home teacher, gently guided him through difficult personal times in his life -- all without passing judgment.

"In my opinion, Doug is one of the best examples of just being a good, gracious man that I ever have seen in my life," VanderSloot said. "I've told many people that if I could be like someone, I'd like to be more like Doug Andrus."

Andrus is survived by his wife of nearly 47 years, Deanna. The Andrus family had 13 children and 56 grandchildren. Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Rock Stake Center, 2020 S. Charlotte.


NatureGirl said...

This is all so beautiful. 69 years does not seem long enough. No one who met him will ever forget his influence and Christ like love. Thank you for being willing to share things so tender and private.

Peterson Pack of Wild Dogs said...

You're right. This was well written. 56 grandkids is quite a legacy. I hope you are doing okay Heidi. We are praying and thinking of you.