August 11, 1915 - June 26, 2014
Donald Lundberg of the Waterford area died on June 26 at age 98. He was a long time member of the Waterford Lions Club, MICL Group at MJC, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, and the Modesto Symphony. He was a native of a farm family in Iowa. His mother was from Sweden; as were his grandparents on both sides of his family. Don was a lover of the natural world. Birds, wild animals, trees and flowers were his passion. He provided six feeding stations for birds, and several raccoons had cat food for dinner each evening on his front patio. The 500 redwoods on his ranch provided work, fuel, and exercise. During his younger days, Don, his sons, Carl and Eric, and Larry Johnston from Mammoth Lakes climbed all the 14,000 foot peaks on the West Coast. Don also climbed challenging peaks in Africa, Europe, and Asia, including the Matterhorn, Mt Blanc, and the Everest Base Camp. Competitive running was another interest for many years. He won numerous awards in his age group in the U.S.A. including Honolulu, and also Russia, New Zealand, and Australia. Teaching was Don's vocation. He taught high school and junior college in Iowa after WWII. After a year in Syria on a Fulbright scholarship, he moved his family to CA. in 1955 where he taught at Thomas Downey H.S; later he became a counselor and director of the International Student Program at M.J.C. until his retirement in 1976. During WWII, Don served in the infantry and the U.S. Air Forces, including time in the Southwest Pacific. Don was a graduate of the Univ. of Iowa; he received his Master Degree in Education from the Univ. of Southern CA. Also he attended Drake Univ. of Des Moines, Iowa, The National Univ. of Mexico in Mexico City, the Univ. of CA. in Berkeley, and Stanislaus State Univ.
He is survived by two of his three children: Suzanne Bartels and husband David, their sons Mark and Greg all of the Sonora area; Carl Lundberg, his wife Colleen of Durango, CO. and their children Brandon and Alicia and great granddaughter, Stella Shipp; Eric and Karen Lundberg's children of Salida, CO., Garrett and Kelsay. Survivors also include brothers James Lundberg of Essex, Iowa; Curtis Lundberg of Denver, CO. and sister Phyllis Radil of Omaha, NB.
He was preceded in death by his lovely wife Mildred whom he met while in the service in New England, his youngest son Eric Lundberg, and numerous siblings. He will be missed by his family, Doris Geisler, a long time friend, many former MJC international students in many countries around the world, many local friends, and especially by the birds and wildlife.
A memorial service will be held in Waterford on Aug. 17 at 2:00. To RSVP please email Suzanne Bartels at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 209-533-3266 or Doris Geisler at email@example.com or phone 209-576-2688. Remembrances can be made to the Sierra Club at 85 Second St, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Published in the Modesto Bee on July 13, 2014