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Donald Eugene Simmons

1945 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Donald Eugene Simmons Obituary
DONALD EUGENE SIMMONS, M.D., 69, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2014, at his home in Yucaipa, California, surrounded by his family. Don was born on June 18, 1945 in Wenatchee, Washington to Don and Irene Simmons while his father was serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Don grew up in Quincy, Washington and graduated first from Quincy High school with honors in 1963 and then from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, in 1967. He then attended the University of Washington School of Medicine, graduating with his Medical Doctor degree in 1971. Don and his wife, Barbara, moved to California in 1971 for his Internship at San Bernardino County Hospital where he also did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. From 1972 to 1974 he served as an officer in the United States Air Force as a GMO at Norton AFB. He subsequently became both a Diplomate and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Don spent his entire medical career practicing in Southern California. He first practiced in Riverside and in 1981 he relocated to Redlands where he worked until his retirement in January, 2014. Don believed he delivered at least 6,000 babies during his 43 year career. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the San Bernardino County Medical Society, the American Medical Informatics Association and was a former member of the Riverside County Medical Association. During the 1980s and the 1990s Don was very involved in the various committees of the above associations and was Chair for several of them. Don served as Chief of Staff at Redlands Community Hospital from 1994-1996. Don was preceded in death by his daughter, Mara, in 1994, and his mother in 2008. Don is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Barbara. He is also survived by his daughter, Amy Beran and her husband, Brian, his twin grandsons, Jack and Nathan Beran, his father, Don B. Simmons of Quincy, Washington, his sister, Sue Gabales and her husband Ted of Manteca, California. He is also survived by Sloane Allen, daughter of his heart, a niece and three nephews. Services for Don will be held on December 6, 2014, at noon at 35837 Carter Street, Yucaipa, California. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Donald E. Simmons, M.D., Endowed Scholarship for premedical students at Pacific Lutheran University, Attn: Douglas Page, Tacoma, Washington 98447.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2014
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