Don was born on November 12, 1933, to Marie and Walter Lokey. His beautiful blue eyes closed and he passed away on August 16, 2013, at his home in Fresno. He graduated from Washington Union High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army for two years which included duty in the Korean War. In the 1960's and 1970's Don was the proprietor of several different Shell Gas Stations in Fresno. Prior to that, he was in the gas station business with his best friend Ed Smith. One of the stations they ran was Ed and Don's Shell Service at Ventura and Van Ness Avenues. When Don quit the gas station business, he went to work building farm equipment and did that, together with building some cars, until his retirement. For many years, Don was a judge at various car shows throughout Northern and Central California, including his good friend Blackie Gejeian's Fresno Autorama. He had his own "streetrod", a 1927 Model T Ford Roadster, which won the award for America's Most Beautiful Roadster in 1966. Don built other cars for personal use throughout the years. He and his wife Evelyn enjoyed many years of rod runs and other functions with Fresno Street Rods, driving either their 1927 Model T Roadster, 1926 Model T Coupe, or 1947 Chevrolet Sedan. During the past several years, Don was a member of the NOS Volkswagen Group and he restored a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle for Evelyn. Don and Evelyn had many wonderful times taking their motorhome and boat camping and fishing. Don loved watching Nascar and football on television and visiting with friends and family. He was a friend you could count on and was always there to help someone with whatever they needed. Don is survived by his wife Evelyn; his sister, Margie Peterson; his son Jeff; and two grandchildren. He also leaves behind brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Skip Harris, Jack Harris and Gail Harris, his surrogate daughter; niece, Kathy Schmucker; and many beloved nieces, nephews and dear friends. At Don's request, no service will be held. Condolences may be made at the guest book at www.legacy.com.
Published in the Fresno Bee on Aug. 25, 2013