Feb. 10, 1925 - Apr. 9, 2014
Resident of Concord
Don passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 9 in John Muir Medical Center, Concord.
Don was born to Horace and Florence Lollich in Modesto, California. He attended schools in Modesto until his senior year, when his family moved to Santa Rosa. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1943. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. Became a pilot flying B-24s and B-25s.
After his military service, he went back to Santa Rosa, graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and transferred to the University of California Berkeley, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After Graduating, he started work at the Shell Oil refinery in Martinez and retired in 1985.
Don and his wife, Lois Sorensen, met at college and married in September 1951.
Don was a man of many hobbies and interests. Photography, music, building things, fishing with friends, cars, planes,and he loved to travel. He and Lois visted and hiked many National Parks, plus two hiking trips in the European Alps. He and Lois also took 2 raft trips down the Colorado River and rented houseboats on several western lakes. He liked taking cruises on small boats of about 100 passenger size, like the Historic Delta Queen.
He enjoyed attending Elderhostel Programs and RVing, including Square Dancing weekends and Dixieland Jazz Festivals.
Don was active in the Porsche Club of America, West Coast Mooney Pilots Association and the Clutch Busters Square Dance Club. Don and Lois enjoyed square dancing and the friends they made.
Don was a good man, a loving husband, brother and uncle. He will be missed by his family and friends. Don was preceded in death by his sister Marjorie Lollich. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois, his sister Virginia Mills and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life to be held at Walnut Creek Elks Lodge/Creekside Hall 1475 Creekside Dr., Walnut Creek, CA. Saturday April 19, 2014 11:30am to 2:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano P.O. Box 6324 Concord, CA. 94524. Or to: International Myeloma Foundation 12650 Riverside Dr., St. 206, N. Hollywood, CA
Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 16, 2014