God bless and keep you Don!! Just learned of your death from Carey! Thanks for your friendship in past years!!! And God bless and be with your family and friends as they deal with losing you in this life!!!
An old School of Social Work (Iowa Graguate Program) comrade who just learned of a dear friend's death, wishing to express gratitude for crossing trails with a wonderful person....
I remember you, too, Carey - my wife, Jeannette and I (first name, Wayne), used to spend time at your Iowa home, and you had a team name for us - "Waynette"! Your dad, ever the humorist, had a name for me, too, as I did for him - I was "Wagon Maker" (Don said he researched the meaning of my name, tracing it to Merry Old England), and to me, he was always "Granvola"! We played handball and golf together, along with another school chum, Byron Bissell (we both served as groomsmen at Byron's wedding later in life).
Friends like Don are a treasure in this world - I will always be grateful for the value that Don added to my quality of life!!!
Wayne Allard. E mail address - firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm Byron Webb, LCSW. I had the privilege of studying under Dr. Granvold at UTA in 2007 and 2008. I'm now in private practice and use his teachings almost daily to try to do what he did for so many for so long. I believe Dr. Granvold was one of the kindest, most gentle men I've ever known. I'm a better Social Worker and Clinician because I was blessed to be his pupil. Go with God, Sir. And thank you.
I had been seeing Dr. Granvold as a patient off and on for 22 years. His treatment was so pragmatic. Among his many triumphs are the mental health gifts he gave to me and to so many of his patients. Erin, I haven't met you, but you and your entire family are in my prayers. Don was a wonderful man.
i was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this wonderful man-so loving and giving in a multitude of ways,, he was my professor, my supervisor and as well as my friend and i know he was an inspiration to many..he will be in our hearts forever...
I just heard about Don's passing... I am filled with such sadness for his entire family and especially Erin. He was such a warm and amazing man. He will be sorely missed.
My sweet Dad…I have no words to express the pain and emptiness your loss has caused. You have always been such an important part of my life. I just can't imagine not seeing or talking to you again. I am so thankful that I had you as my father. You taught me so many valuable and important lessons. You instilled many great values and beliefs when you raised me and continued the expectation for me to follow those as an adult. I am a teacher because you put that desire in my heart, watching and listening to you talk about your love of teaching. I am thankful for the times we spent going on our father/daughter dinner dates, our trip to Boston/Cape Cod as well as Seattle, Washington, our weekly phone calls, the times I watched you sing with your chorus, and so many more. I am so proud to be your daughter. I have had so many people tell me what a difference you made in their life, as their professor, as their therapist, or as a friend. You may be gone physically but you will not be forgotten. I love you now and forever…until we meet again.
Your loving daughter ~ Carey
I had the privilege of being in Don's class (UTA-MSSW 1979) before coming back post phd as a colleague.
Don was deserving of his NASW Pioneer status....he opened the way for social workers into the new (at that time) cognitive science. He was an expert guest on the Phil Donahue Show (watch the tape sometimes, he had a beard then & bell bottom pants).
Don saw no limits to what one could accomplish....you just had to put yourself out there. He was good at it and modeled that for me and I'm sure for many others. He introduced us to his friends Mike Mahoney, David Olsen, etc. etc.
This, coupled with his joy of living and having fun was pretty irresistible.
I see Don now organizing a '50s rock and roll cruise through the heavens for our old buddies who preceded him there.
Rock on, Don!
Donny was not only smart but lots of fun. He and both had 1984 Pontiacs in high school and had fun talking about them. Donny's was the top of the line and he could be seen zipping around town with the windows down and music loud. Not only was he really a cute guy but so was his Mother. So sad that Donny is gone but thrilled to know he had a wife, son and lots of grandchildren. Love his smile! Nancy Nolf from Bothell Washington
Don Granvold was a remarkable teacher, therapist, and human being. My life has been truly blessed by knowing him. He was a beacon of light for how to live a well-lived life and was a model for how to be a balanced and whole human being with his big heart and great sense of humor.
Dr.Granvold was such a big influence. He was a big inspiration and made such a large impact. We send prayers and thanks to his family for sharing his light with us. Mary Fournier
You were like my second dad while I was growing up in Arlington. I still have vivid memories of you in your Dallas Cowboy shirt before every game, with Windex in hand to make sure the TV was spotless. I'll miss you, Dad Granvold. I pray that you are dancing with the angels now. Love you to the moon...Andrea
Erin, I think of you every day and pray God's Peace upon you and yours. I miss you. You know you can call me if you need anything.
Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.
Chantell & Billy Scott
Don had such a positive impact on so many lives whether directly through his counseling or indirectly through his students. He left the world a better place. I feel fortunate to have known this kind, sweet man. I will miss him.
Carey and family, we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Don loved his family and they loved him! So sorry we couldn't be there but we send our prayers and hugs for all of you! Love you much! (Rick, Donna and family)
You were a bright light in my life....and always will be...Peace and wonderful memories to Carey and family.
Uncle Don has created so many positive memories for myself, and so many others I'm sure. From the early day's coming home to Bothell and making his famous,( at least to our family), pizza from scratch, and playing us a game of tennis, to the year he surprised our dad by showing up in Plentywood Montana on our families last trip back there together. Uncle Don could always bring a smile to your face, whether it was one of his jokes, or by just being Uncle Don. Uncle Don took the time to be an Uncle. Nothing against the Uncle I grew up less than a mile from, and who is a great Guy, but I've actually spent more time in my life with Uncle Don who has always lived half way across the country. I was very fortunate to get to tell him I Loved him one last time just days before he passed. As usual he was his upbeat self. I will miss him so much, and hope he's out there somewhere with my father, just relaxing. That's something Don didn't seem to have a lot of time for, always working or on the go, like one of his rough 2 week cruises. He was a lucky man, having traveled many parts of the world, and so lucky to have his loving wife Erin by his side. Erin brought him much joy for a good part of his life. I Love You Don, and hope to meet up again some day, I miss you already. Tom Granvold
We are the social workers we are today in large part to the contribution of our professor and a great man. Rest in peace Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Art and Renee Lozano (Denton, Texas)
Please accept our sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace at this difficult time.
Cliff and Vicki Bragg
Ours prayers are with you all. Don was loved by his family and blessed to have a strong son by his side during his final journey.
My Prayers and thoughts are with you Erin and family. May God give you peace during this difficult time.
Our hearts are so heavy at the loss of a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Erin during this loss. Sending our love.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during your time of loss and sadness. May God take you in His arms and wrap you in His peace and comfort until you see Don again.
John and Sharon Hedgpeth
Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Erin and family, how deeply we care for you in this sad time. Please remember that we are here for you and we love you.
Our sincere sympathy for your loss.
Sincere sympathy to Don's family
We are sorry for the loss of your Dad, Granddad, and Father-in-Law. Holding you close Walters and Granvold Family.
I am sorry to hear about your father. You and your family have mine deepest sympathy .
May the gift of time,give you the gift of peace Carey. He'll always be your Dad and now he is also your Guardian Angel.
God Bless you and your family Carey
My precious Uncle Don...a part of my heart will now be empty until I join you in heaven! You were a special special Uncle from the moment I was born. I know I had a place in your heart...as you in mine. So many great memories at so many different ages. Still remember a ride in your convertible with the top down until it started raining! I remember my special vacations to Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas...Atomic Annie, Six Flags Over Texas, Amana Colonies, "With SIx You Get Eggroll" movie and so much more. YOUR PIZZA! Always a highlite of your trips home to Washington followed by lots of pinochle. And always some piano playing...play Misty for me, Uncle Don, please! I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER!! My love to our whole family...those related by the family tree and those related by love for this wonderful man!
Praying for the whole family, Its hard when such an amazing man goes but through him and his actions he will live on in everyone he touched!!!! May God give you guys the strength you need.
Don, I was very fortunate to know you. I will miss you very much for being such an exceptional man and authentic friend. I'm sure God has a very special place for you.
Luis Alvaro Zornosa (Arlington, TX)
My deepest sympthay to you Erin and the entire family. May our GOD be will you all during this difficult time and give you strength.
Always a bit of an enigma, Don kept me on my toes, bringing out the best in me! He was my mentor and friend. He will indeed be sorely missed. His legacy, however, will live on through the many who internalized and continue to apply, his teachings, instructions, encouragement, and beliefs.
Words can not express what you have meant to me. You have forever changed me and my life. I still hear you dear friend.
Don, you were an amazing person. A true treasure and you will be missed . RIP my friend.
Paula Sims and family