Donald H. Ferris

Sunnyvale, California


May 5, 2020
Sunnyvale, California


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Don Ferris was born at Saint Mary's in San Francisco on Sept 23, 1950 to Carl and Donna Ferris He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and was the second of five children. He loved learning and graduated from UCSF with his teaching credentials and a degree in Biology. He minored in Electronics and developed the skills to become an RF Electrical Engineer. Don met his future wife Linda in 1980, while commuting from Palo Alto on the train. On their first date Don showed how kind and gentle he was by walking beside Linda and holding her arm while she roller skated, even though he didn't like roller skating himself. Linda and Don were married on June 13, 1981, and stayed in Palo Alto until after their daughter Stephanie was born on October 22, 1983 Don began studying with Jehovah's Witnesses in July 1986 after Linda began sharing what she was learning in her own bible study. He was baptized on November 16, 1991, and appointed an elder in the Menlo Park Congregation in 2005, and served in that capacity until his death. Don's faith was very important to him, and he enjoyed auxiliary pioneering whenever possible, including supporting Linda in her regular pioneering whenever possible. Don also loved teaching, nature, and art in many forms, including photography and drawing. He enjoyed learning and taught himself to play several instruments, including the guitar. He enjoyed taking long walks outdoors with his family and taking photographs of nature, many of which he used in his artwork. He especially enjoyed observing marine life and spent many days exploring beaches and tide pools with his daughter Stephanie, and much of his art reflected his love of marine life. Don is survived by: ??His wife, Linda Ferris (Sunnyvale, CA) ??His daughter, Stephanie Ferris (San Diego, CA) ??His sister, Gail Lockheart (San Jose, CA) – (Will Lockheart) ??His sister, Diane Ferris-Weisend (Eureka, CA) – (Tom Weisend) ??His sister, Sandra Euler (Sacramento, CA) – (Ron Euler) ??His brother, Jim Ferris (Union City, CA) – (Denise Ferris) ??(9) nieces and nephews

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My deepest sympathy to the Ferris Family. I have known brother Ferris for more than twenty years, he was a great human being to be around. He had this great calmness and kindness. However, what I enjoyed most about Don was his great spirituality. He will be greatly missed but not for ever, because I look forward to seeing him in paradise. ❤

Dear Linda, deepest sympathy of losing Don, he will be missed and remembered with his positive smile and good humor.

Much love sent to your family.
Love the roller skating story ❤

So sorry - looking forward to seeing him again in the new system!

Dear Linda and Stephanie,
Don was the best big brother anyone could ever ask for! He demonstrated what courage, compassion, and faith looked like. He always had a wonderful sense of humor, even in the worst of times. I am forever grateful for the loving care you gave him.

All our love,
Dianne and Tom

You have deepest empathy Linda and love
For you. Jehovah will carry you through this difficult time, and the 4 of us will be together soon. Love forever. Earnestne

Hi Linda So very sorry to hear about Don's passing he was a good brother I will always remember working with him closely taking care of the menlo park Kingdom hall operating committee funds

Dear Lovely, Strong, Amazing Ladies,
I know this is not an easy time for either of you. Please know you are in my prayers. Just know that soon you'll see him again and he'll be healthy and happy and saying awful dad jokes again!

Sending you lots of love!

Dear Linda and Stephanie
We are so sorry for your loss. Don was a kind and gentle person and always thoughtful of everyone around him. Mark and I had the pleasure of working with him for 20+ years at Roos Instruments. He contributed to the success of our business in many ways. We miss his smile and the times when he brought photographs or artwork to share with us. We were fortunate to have him in our lives.
Cathy Rossi Roos and Mark Roos