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May 28, 2016
I've always enjoyed (Uncle) Don, his stories & his great attitude towards life. I am sure this event (Memorial) will be very well attended by friends, family and those who knew, loved him and enjoyed & treasured his company & superior knowledge. I sure enjoyed being around him and he seemed genuine in his welcome to me to the Villeneuve family, as his brother Richard was too, back into the early 60's. That always made me feel special. He will be/is missed. I really enjoy being part of the Villeneuve clan.
April 12, 2016
Don and my husband Tom were good friends and colleagues. I got to know both Marylyn and Don through Tom. It was a wonderful 25 years of friendship while I worked at VC. I am sorry that he is no longer here to brighten up our days with his many stories. Marge O'Neill
April 07, 2016
Don and I came to Ventura College as new instructors in the same year and retired together thirty-one years later in 1992. He was a great educator, a great political activist and a great friend.He was also one of the great talkers of the Western World, challenging even the great Don Meyer for that title. I can't remember how many times we gathered together with Meyer and Don Cook and Bob Rithner at the beach around some wooden table and talked and talked and roared with laughter while drinking huge quantities of wine and eating cheese and bread and sometimes singing crazy songs until the sun went down and evening fell and some of us fell down too as we tried to find our way off the beach. We had some good times,and he will not be forgotten.
April 06, 2016
Shortly after my husband began his career as an instructor at Ventura College, he came home and announced that he had met a really nice guy from the Biology Department, and not only that, we were going to a party at his house the following Saturday. This was how Don Villeneuve came into my life, and my introduction to a man with enviable energy and intelligence.

Over the years we had many get-togethers, often loud and raucous(!), but it wasn't until Don retired and moved to Cambria that we became close friends. I remember our first visit with great fondness--we helped him and Marylyn put the finishing touches on their first house. What a happy weekend that was!

Then somehow I got appointed Pet sitter-in-Chief and was lucky enough to see Don and Marylyn with some frequency as they flitted around the world. I was never allowed to leave Cambria to go home until Marylyn could see the whites of my eyes! It was such fun to hear Don's version of the trip, always told with much enthusiasm, and, on occasion, at odds with Marylyn's.

Don was a much-appreciated figure in my life. He made a difference to me and I miss him terribly.

Linda O'Neill
March 12, 2016
I will also treasure the time Roberta and I had with Don and Marylyn, as a foursome or part of a larger group, and am proud to have had a close relationship with them and will continue this friendship with Marylyn and their family. I will miss you Don, so Cheers to all our wonderful times.
March 12, 2016
Dear Marylyn,

I'm sending this message to you because I can just hear my good friend Don joining our conversation with his own 2 cents. Don always had an extra 2 cents for about 200 extra words! OK Don just laugh because you know it's true. Remember Marylyn how I used to tell him to go to his room? It worked and we just kept talking. Don was a great guy, always in a good mood except when some politician or anyone else got his goat, he just did not like stupid.
I met you Marylyn long ago when we met singing in the Cambria Chorale and remained very good friends as a foursome. We traveled together, visited together and laughed a lot. We had good times just being with each other and it feels somewhat different, but he's still here. Can you just imagine his opinion of the political mess of today?
Goodbye dear friend, just keep listening to us and send me a word now and then.
With much love,
Roberta
March 11, 2016
Dear Marylyn,
I'm sending this message to you because I can just hear my good friend Don joining our conversation with his own 2 cents. Don always had an extra 2 cents for about 200 extra words! OK Don just laugh because you know it's true. Remember Marylyn how I used to tell him to go to his room? It worked, we just kept on talking.
Don was a great guy, always in a good mood except when some politican or anyone else got his goat, he just didn't like stupid.
Marylyn, we met years ago when we sang in the chorale and remained very good friends as a foursome. We traveled together, visited together and laughed a lot. We had good times just being with each other and it feels somewhat different , but he's still here. Can you just imagine his opinion of the political mess of today?
Good bye dear friend, just keep listening to us and send me a word now and then.
With much love,
Roberta
February 01, 2016
Don and I first met in the fall of 1961 when we were both new teachers at Ventura College. Now, 54 years later, it is with a mixture of both sadness and joy that I contribute these memories.

Don and I became best friends and through the years could always depend on each other for help whenever needed. The two of us, along with a mutual friend, Don Meyer, formed a brief business partnership to participate in a modest real estate venture. We called ourselves "Tres Donaldos". After retirement, this same trio made a memorable trip together to Hawaii to visit another former Ventura Colleague who had retired there.

Don was very verbal, and we had many great discussions (and perhaps a few arguments!). Yet I think we were pretty much on the same page when it came to politics. Don gave freely of his time and energy as a member of several public boards and commissions. I really admired him for this public service. We also had many nice adventures together in the Mammoth Lakes area where our friend, Don Meyer, owned a cabin which he loaned out to his friends. We didn't ski but hiked a lot and did a little fishing. We also "hoisted a few pints" together, as the Brits would say, at various local pubs.

Don was the "best man" in my first two weddings and acted as a "groomsman" in the third. My brother was my "best man" in that ceremony. I should add here that the third marriage has lasted now for 33 years and counting.

Of course, when Don and Marylyn moved to Cambria some 22 years ago, we were able to see them only infrequently. I feel very fortunate having Don as my close friend over such a long period of time. But the world just isn't the same now without him in it. We send our love and sympathy to Marylyn and their beautiful daughters.

Don & Caroline Cook
Ventura
December 06, 2015
Sadly, I didn't meet Don & Marylyn until Don was living at Cherish House. Don and my 95 year old father, also a resident at Cherish House, were good companions and often sat together. Although my father was profoundly deaf, he found comfort in Don's company. Even when Alzheimers had profoundly affected Don's ability to communicate, he was still a gentle and giving soul. My heart goes out to Marylyn and family for their loss. With love, Janet Cooper
December 05, 2015
I am a first cousin of Don's. He grew up in CA and I in ND so as children we seldom saw each other. I'm glad therefore to have seen him and Marylyn at least a few times throughout the years. Don will be missed.

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