Donald Ray Peart, 77, a lifetime Yolo County resident died Friday, June 28, 2013. Don was born August 23, 1935, in Woodland. Don graduated from Woodland High School in 1954 and studied Agronomy at UC Davis, where he met his wife, Vesta. They were married September 1960 and spent 52 wonderful years together.
Don farmed rice, row crops and almonds in Southern Colusa County and Northern Yolo County. Don was very active in community activities. He served as Director of Yolo County Farm Bureau, Commissioner of Dunnigan Fire Department, Trustee of Pierce Joint Unified School District, Member of Yolo County Planning Commission, Director of Colusa County Water District, and Director of Heidrick Ag History Center. In 2004 Don was named Agribusiness Person of the Year.
Don enjoyed fishing, his vacation home in Fort Bragg, spending time with family and traveling the world with his wife, Vesta.
Don is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Vesta, his sons, Jim Peart and Andy (Kelly) Peart, and his two precious granddaughters, Madelyn and Ally Peart, all of Arbuckle. Brother Neal (Judy) Peart of Woodland, sister Beverly Furnish of Rancho Cordova, stepsisters, Nora Carlin of Gridley, and Judy Carroll, sisters-in-law Sara Dorn and Susan (Stan) Kauffman of Kelseyville. He was preceded in death by his parents Beverly Peart and Jean Joseph, step-mother Eleanor Peart, step-father Leroy Joseph, step sister, Nancy Carroll, brother-in-law Darrell Furnish and in-laws Gael and Marian Kauffman.
The family would like to thank Dr. Yee and the staff in the ICU at Woodland Memorial Hospital for their wonderful and compassionate care, and the Dunnigan Fire Department and the Arbuckle Fire Department for their quick response and help.
Private graveside services will be held at the Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by McNary's. Please join the family at a Celebration of Life for Don on Wednesday, July 17, at 11:30 am at Arbuckle Golf Course, on Hillgate Road in Arbuckle.
In lieu of flowers, his family would suggest donations be made to