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Donald Nyre


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Donald Nyre Obituary
January 28, 1930 - December 11, 2017 Donald Leroy Nyre of Newport Beach, CA passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 11, 2017 at age 87 from complications of Parkinson's. Until his last few months, Don enjoyed a peaceful life in his home with ocean and harbor views. He was a smart, kind and soft-spoken man with many longtime friends and neighbors. Don is survived by his nieces, Connie Marking and Carol Franklin of Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anita Marking. Don was born January 28, 1930 in Mondovi in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, to Louise and Leslie Nyre. Don's aunt was a school teacher who saw great promise in her nephew, and she and her husband brought Don out to live with them in the San Diego area where he graduated second in his class at Grossmont Union High School. In 1952 Don received a degree in physics from San Diego State University. He also took many courses at UCLA and New Mexico A&M, and was a lifelong member of Sigma Pi Sigma, physics honorary society. Don's career took him to White Sands, NM in the 1950s and to Santa Monica with Douglas Aircraft Company. He worked on Thor, Saturn and Nike missiles, and his assignment included advanced design of data processing and transmission systems. In May 1965 Don presented a paper at the first International Telemetering Conference in Washington, D.C. Don's engineering career continued with McDonnell Douglas Company in Huntington Beach and Nichols Research until his retirement in the 1990s. In recent years Don devoted many hours to the Airport Working Group of Orange County, a community advocacy organization representing the communities impacted by John Wayne Airport. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 15 at 2:00 pm at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, CA 92625, phone (949) 644-2700. Interment will follow the service. Everyone who knew Don is welcome to attend.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2017
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