Donald M. Fifield
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August 23, 1929 - May 30, 2014
Donald MacKinnon Fifield, of Grand Junction, died at St. Mary's Hospital on Friday, May 30th.
He was born in Wellesley, MA, the son of Donald Morrill and Allegra Mary Fifield. He graduated from Lexington High School, MA, and attended college in Maryland and Colorado. He married JoAn S. Porter on October 16, 1955. They had 59 wonderful years together.
Don was retired from the field of hospital administration in Fruita, Rangely, Fairplay, and Colorado Springs, and as the chief executive officer. He also managed health care institutions in Corpus Christi, Texas and was the Chief Registrar at Fort Logan Mental Health Center in Denver.
Don served as an officer of the Utah Blue Cross, Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and the Texas Association of Voluntary Non-profit Homes for the Aged. He was a member of the American College of Hospital Administrators. He was former president of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction - Golden K and the Mesa County Genealogical Society and president of the Redlands Community Center Board. Don was a member of the First Congregational Church.
He served in both the United States Air Force Training Command and the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps during the Korean conflict.
Don was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and was always a perfect gentleman. He enjoyed his family, traveling, woodworking, gardening, exploring Western Colorado, golf, Kiwanis, friends, and was a gourmet cook.
He is survived by his wife, JoAn; daughter, Michelle Swiniarski of Margate, Florida; two sons, Scott (Eileen) of Strasburg, Colorado and Jamey of Cheyenne, Wyoming; two grandsons, Trevice and Cody of Wyoming, and sister, Barbara Cushman of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
At Don's request, there will be no services.
Donations, in Don's honor, may be made to the Museum of Western Colorado/Loyd Files Research Library or
Published in The Daily Sentinel on June 8, 2014