Mr. Donn Edwards Welden, unstoppable in all that he attempted, died June 12 , 2014 after an extended battle with terminal illness.
Donn was a father, a husband, a craftsman and a lover of life. He was preceded in death by his father William Welden, his mother Helen Welden, his sister Wendy Loveless and his daughter Kim Roberts. Donn is survived by his wife Sandy Welden; his children Lisa Welden, Donn Welden, David Welden, Kenny Roberts, Tania Roberts, Peter Roberts, Erin O'Donnell, Alvin Riggins and April Riggins; his brothers Stephen Curtis and Lawrence Doughty; his sisters Robin Curtis and Barbara Doughty; his nieces and nephews James Gilbert, Autumn Loveless, Jared Curtis, Jonathan Curtis, Jessica Curtis, Lawrence Doughty, and Carl Doughty; as well as fourteen grandchildren and twelve great nieces and nephews. Donn also leaves behind his faithful dog Cooper and his historic White Springs home--lovingly and painstakingly restored by his hands.
Donn was born in White Plains New York, raised in Margate Florida, and settled in White Springs Florida. In between he traveled the United States from coast to coast seeking fun, adventure, and experience.
Beneath a sometimes gruff exterior Donn was a man who gave of himself without limits in loving his family and friends. He was both a commercial contractor and a restoration carpenter. Donn was instrumental in preserving and restoring many historic homes and structures in White Springs, Florida--including his own home.
Donn will be missed dearly by those who loved and knew him. Please join us to celebrate his life at a memorial service to be held at 11:00 am on Monday June 16,2014 at
Gateway Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3596 South US Highway 441 Lake City, Florida 32025 (386) 752-1954. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the
in Donn's name at http://www.cancer.org/.
Please leave words of comfort for the family online at, www.gatewayforestlawn.com