Don passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family. Even at 91 years old, he was not to be bested by the year 2020. Don was born on a small farm in Knoxville, Iowa. He was the fourth of six siblings and had a typical rural 1930's childhood. He attended the Colorado School of Mines, where he played football and developed a lifelong connection to the school.
After graduating in 1952, he enlisted in the army and served as a Combat Engineer at Chitose Army/Air Base in Hokkaido, Japan. Upon returning home he married Carolyn Boren, and the two promptly moved to Venezuela, where Don worked for Sinclair and Amoco. They went on to have three children and many different places to call home including Texas, Connecticut, Argentina, Nigeria, and Holland. The family returned to Colorado in the 70's, where he started his own business, and became President of the CSM Alumni Association. He continued to work well into his late 80's.
Don was a busy man all the days of his life, adding weight to the fact that he never missed an opportunity to help a friend or family member. He liked to say he didn't have time for fun, but it's believed that he immensely enjoyed guiding his children and grandchildren through life, one knock on the head at a time. He was a gruff but deeply kind man, with a signature scowl that was deceptively close to tipping over into a smile with the slightest provocation.
Don loved his family, a hard day's work, accelerating slowly in his car while explaining the engine's gasoline consumption, reminding people with piercings that he still had his "hog ringer" somewhere, traveling, western novels, a good drink, and a quiet house, though the last one was a lost cause. He disliked chewing gum, the word "bored", most famous people, TV ads, and pets of every kind, which, he loved reminding people, would need to be fed and cleaned up after. It's unclear whether this ever changed anyone's mind about pet ownership. He joins his brothers Jim and Bill, sisters Jeane and Betty, and son Murray. He is survived by his loving wife Carolyn, sister Peg, his children William and Elisabeth, grandchildren Jared, Marisa, Jordan, Sean and Jon, as well as countless friends across the world. He will be missed daily. While this closes the final chapter of Don's lengthy life story, we trust he will enjoy the epilogue.
Published in Colorado Community Media on Feb. 6, 2021.