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Donald Houston Gillett, 93, of Yuba City, CA, died October 21st, 2017, at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville at the age of 93, with loving family by his side.

Born in Arbuckle, California, the son of Donald W. and Arleatha Gillett, he lived in Yuba City for the last 69 years. He was a graduate of Marysville High School and the University of Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for the Division of Highways (Caltrans) from 1948 to 1955 as a civil engineer, and was a partner in the Yuba City civil engineering firm, Gillett-Harris-Duranceau & Associates, from 1955 until his retirement in 1986.

He was a member of Scottish Rite Mason Valley of Sacramento, Enterprise Lodge #70 F & AM of Yuba City, and Ben Ali Shrine Club.

He was preceeded in death by his wife of 50 years, Leila Gillett, who passed away in 2007. Survivors include a son, Scott Gillett of Yuba City, a daughter, Carolyn Van Etten of Yuba City, and a cousin, Michael Gillette of Eugene, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shriners Hospital in Sacramento in honor of Donald.

A visitation will be held at Ullrey Memorial Chapel in Yuba City on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, at 11:00 am at Ullrey Memorial Chapel in Yuba City, and a Graveside Service will be held afterward at Sutter Cemetery in Sutter. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel in Yuba City.

The family wishes to thank The Gardens in Yuba City for caring for our father in his last years of life. Donald was a very loving husband and father, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
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