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Donald R Wright


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Donald R Wright Obituary
Donald R. Wright was born on February 24, 1932, to Raymond Clifford
Wright and Delourise Marie (Nickerson) Wright. He went Home, May 2,
2016, after an extended period of surgeries and subsequent illnesses.
Donald received his education in the country schools around Lindon
and graduated "first in his class of three" in 1950. From there, he
was comfortable in talking about attending the "School of Hard
Knocks".
After the death of his dad, Donald assumed the responsibility to
run the farming and ranching operation originated by his maternal
grandmother during the homestead days. He decided not to attend
college but to stay home and help his sister participate in the
college experience. Lindell Lucille and her fiancé were killed in an
automobile accident before she could graduate.
Donald was drafted in 1957 and served our country in the United
States Army during the period between World War II and the Korean War.
He was sent to Panama for eleven months before receiving a hardship
and honorable discharge due to his mother's need for him on the farm.
Donald continued to serve in the U.S. Army until he was honorably
discharged in 1962.
In 1967, Donald married Carolyn (McKinley) and they were gradually
joined by five children, Keith, Dorothy, Lori Jan, Janette and Karl.
Lori Jan went to Heaven in 1972, and we believe was waiting with Jesus
for Donald when he joined them at his new Home.
During his years living in Lindon, the family remembers pulling
together together working on the farm/ranch- learning that Dad started
the day before sunrise and didn't shut down until after dark-thirty.
When times got tough, Donald supplemented the direct operation by
first trucking and then starting a farm implements business. The
family never went hungry, but the kids learned to tighten their belts
and keep going- the "kitchen help" working right alongside the "men"
of the family.
Donald took great delight in attending all the functions in which
the children were involved. He took the family to church and saw that
their spiritual lives were fed. Being at their ballgames, music
contests, and FFA events, was important to him and he liked to talk
about missing only one such event throughout their school years.
Donald accepted Jesus as his personal Savior in 1967 and during
their almost fifty years of marriage, he and Carolyn had the privilege
of serving the Lord in several area churches as unofficial starters
and encouragers. A host of friends were made in this capacity and are
still considered to be personal treasures.
Donald was the first president of the Woodlin Lion's Club in the
early 1960's. At the time of is "home-going", he was a member of the
Calvary Baptist Church of Fort Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Jan, by both
parents, his sister, and his twin siblings, Carl and Carlene, who died
shortly after birth.
He leaves to celebrate his life, his wife, Carolyn; son and family,
Keith, Christine, Michelle and Bethany; daughter and family, Dorothy,
Melvin, Gabrielle and husband, Darren; daughter and family, Janette,
Emerson, Rian, Jessica and Story; son and family, Karl, Ginger,
Morgan, Mae, Ashlynn, Logan and Austin.
A service of celebration was held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Calvary
Baptist Church in Fort Morgan at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at the
Akron Cemetery. Afterwards family and friends are welcome to come for
a brief housewarming at the house, 21 Daybreak Lane in Fort Morgan
between the times of four and five o'clock.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any gifts of
remembrance be given to Calvary Baptist Church's construction project.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on May 6, 2016
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