Don Stein, formerly of Idaho Springs, died Nov. 1, 2012, in Littleton.
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Don was born in Missouri, and his family moved to Colorado when he was 4. He grew up in Denver and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17, serving as a pharmacist mate second class (medic), assigned to the Marines in the South Pacific during World War II. While in the South Pacific, he contracted jungle fever, an acute form of malaria, and was given a medical discharge after being hospitalized for nearly a year in New Zealand.
Upon returning to the United States, he enrolled in Colorado A&M (now CSU), studying veterinary science. Unfortunately, shortly before graduation, he accepted the fact that he could not stand the sight of blood, which severely hindered his career aspirations.
In 1949 he met the love of his life, his wife Arloa, and they married in 1950. Don began a career in construction, ultimately becoming a general superintendent, building projects across the United States. Arloa traveled with him, working as his office secretary. They loved traveling and working together.
In the early 1970s, Don and Arloa bought land on Fall River Road and built a home there, with Don, his son and cousin doing most of the work.
Later, in his 70s, Don built a second home closer to the road and lived there until moving to Littleton two years ago. Don was active in Idaho Springs, serving in the Clear Creek Recreation District, joining the Elks Club and the Clear Creek Republicans. He believed he lived in God's country in Idaho Springs.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Arloa; his beloved children, Howie Phillips (Grace), Karen (Rob), Don and Kathy; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Pauline, and his sister Nadine.
There will be a memorial service at a later date.
Published in Clear Creek Courant from Nov. 7 to Nov. 14, 2012