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Donald Dean Bell

1933 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Donald Dean Bell Obituary
DONALD DEAN BELL was born on Dec. 17, 1933 in Santa Ana CA, to Kenneth and Dorothy Bell and died on Oct. 17, 2014. He graduated from Turlock Joint Union High in 1951 and soon entered the Univ. of CADavis where he received his degree in Animal Science in 1955. While at UC Davis, he also found the love of his life, Lucy Justice, meeting her at a Cal Aggie Christian gathering. They were married on Sept 2, 1956. He later went on to receive a Master's Degree in Avian Science from Colorado State Univ. After a stint in the U.S. Army, Don began his career with the Univ. of CA as a Poultry Farm Advisor with the Extension Service and later was appointed Statewide Poultry Specialist. He began in Orange Co. and later moved to Riverside and served there for his remaining 42 year career. He retired in 2000, as an Emeritus specialist, and he continued to advise, teach and encourage a new generation of producers through his interactions and his research. During his career, his prolific writing and research projects provided much of the foundation for today's modern egg industry. In addition to 2 major textbooks, it is difficult to find any specific topic in poultry that his work did not touch upon at some point. As one of the leading researchers in the field, he was in demand as a keynote speaker and spoke at events around the world. He also consulted with key people in the worldwide industry and government officials, on improving production and welfare of animals. All who heard him speak knew of his commitment to this subject and his helpful nature made lasting friendships in the farthest corners of the world. But, he was much more than just a Researcher and teacherhe had a deep love of music, photography, art, food, history and travel. He was also very active in the life of his church, serving as Deacon and Elder for the Riverside Calvary Presbyterian Church, which he joined in 1966. Don is survived by Lucy, his wife of 58 years, his two children Warren (Shelly) of Yucaipa, CA, and Sharon (Carel) Breytenbach of South Paris, ME, and his "Buddy" (grandson) Bryce Bell. His bond with his grandson Bryce was special and their inseparable bond will surpass this physical world. He is also survived by his brother K. Stanley Bell of Newport Beach, CA. His sister, Doris Risenhoover predeceased him. His celebration of life, Memorial service will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church on Nov. 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM, located at 4495 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside. For more information see www.achesonandgraham.com

Published in Press-Enterprise from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2014
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