25 Idaho L. Rev. 1 (1988-1989)
In Memoriam: Justice Charles R. Donaldson - 1919-1987

handle is hein.journals/idlr25 and id is 9 raw text is: IN MEMORIAM:
Charles R. Donaldson's service in and to the Idaho system of jus-
tice spanned an entire era. He was admitted to the Idaho bar in 1948,
and began service on the trial bench in 1964. He began his service as
an Idaho Supreme Court justice in 1969 and, until his death in Octo-
ber, 1987, authored more than 567 opinions.
During those years of the Donaldson tenure, the decisional law of
Idaho evolved and changed, sometimes in small, gradual steps and, at
times, in massive and abrupt upheavals. Justice Donaldson largely par-
ticipated in the movement toward change, but occasionally, in certain
areas of the law, resisted change. He will be remembered not only for
his opinions, but for his innate sense of fairness, and most particularly
for his patience, tolerance, and good humor, which enabled him to
bring about a consensus within the court.
A state supreme court is almost always a true court of last resort.
Attempted appeals of the decisions of the Idaho Supreme Court to the
United States Supreme Court have only been granted in a minuscule

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