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Don Underwood


1942 - 2013 Obituary Condolences Gallery
DON UNDERWOOD On Monday, October 21, 2013, in the early afternoon, the highly respected and popular local guitarist, Don Underwood, passed quietly into a higher realm while hiking up to the cross at the top of Mt. Rubidoux. From his 1959 first record release-as lead guitar for Don and the Galaxies-to his final morning's two-hour Strat jam with nephew John Williams, Don brought a passion for perfection to his music and his life. Along the way he mentored, encouraged, taught and cheered others on while repeatedly overcoming daunting personal tragedies and hardships. Unshakable in his privately held spiritual faith and his quest for deeper understanding, Don rose above his challenges and radiated happiness to those who knew and loved him. The difference he made in so many lives is coming to light daily in an outpouring of stories now being posted in his memory (see below). Born in Texas, Don moved to Panama City, Florida, in 1995 to pursue professional opportunities, and had recently adopted the stage name, "Texas Donnie Quattro." "After 15 years in Florida, I was still being introduced onstage as 'Don Underwood from California,' " he said. But Southern California was where he continued to visit family and the host of long-time friends and fellow musicians with whom he stayed in contact. Don proudly served his country in the Air Force from 1960 to 1966, with two tours of duty overseas during the Viet Nam era. Continuing to serve in his own personal way, he was a steady presence in the band that plays at Panama City's VFW Friday night dances. Don is survived by his brother, Roger Underwood, and sisters Diana Lingren (Underwood), and Yvonne Underwood Emerson, as well as nephew John Williams, nieces Melissa Williams, Anne Mitcham (Emerson) and Susan Baker (Emerson), grand-nephew Alex Barton, and grand-nieces Stephanie Williams, Laurelle Mitcham and McKenzie Baker, and special loved ones Laurie Hoyle and Corie Mischler. His family has created a Facebook page, "In Memory of Don Underwood," where friends can post photographs and comments. The link is: http://www.facebook.com/ DonUnderwoodinmemoryof His life and memory will be celebrated in Southern California on Wednesday, October 30, 2:00 p.m., at Green Acres Memorial Park, in Bloomington, CA.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 29, 2013
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