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Donald L. Truesdail
of San Diego, Calif.
formerly of the
Binghamton area
Donald L. Truesdail, age 34, died unexpectedly as the result of an automobile accident on January 13, 2009 in San Diego, California. He was predeceased by his brother, Daniel Truesdail Jr.; and niece, Janelle Swindler; as well as his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Truesdail; parents, Daniel and Janet Truesdail; sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Tim Swindler; nephew and niece, Corbin and Brooke Swindler; maternal grandmother, Mary Briggs; mother and father-in-law, Trevor and Gina Schneider; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Wendy, Stephen, Mary and Andy Schneider. Donald left behind many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, friends, and many, many wonderful students whom he adored. Donald was a music teacher, performer, instrumentalist, songwriter and musician.
A memorial service will be held for all of those who loved Don, at the Owego VFW upstairs banquet hall on Saturday, January 24th, from noon to four p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your local music and arts department in his name.

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin on Jan. 19, 2009.
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January 12, 2010
Don will always be a bright star in my life, significant as we were close during our growing, coming-of-age years. We shared much ground in our short time together & he has left an indelible mark on my heart and soul. His friendship and love was unconditional and for that I am eternally in awe & reverence of him. Don was truly one of a kind, and his many gifts will leave imprints on the rest of us for eternity. Much love and peace to his family and loved ones.
Val Swan
February 23, 2009
To all of Donnie's family,
Please accept my condolences. I graduated with Donnie and was very sad to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful spirit taken too soon.
Jonica Donohue
February 16, 2009
Baby, you are the love of my life. I am always with you. Always.
Nancy Truesdail
February 11, 2009
I like you Mr.Truesdail because your a very awesome music teacher.I have learned alot from you and I'm going to miss you. You also look like my dad...We are very sad you are not here to teach us music. :(
Taylor & Travez Dunkle/Ross
February 2, 2009
Don Truesdail was a great guy. I was his student at Foster Elementary and I just loved him teaching me and our group. He never got strict and even if it was a gloomy day he brought us up with cheer and awesomeness. :-) I also hope Don's family is doing very well.
Evan McColm
January 30, 2009
I just want to say that Don was a teacher, a friend, and a mentor.Hope your in a better place now
Christopher Hammonds
January 26, 2009
My prayers go to all of Don's family and friends. He was a "brother" to my son, Eli, for many years. We will always remember you, and thank you for the times we shared. God took you too soon, but I know you are now a part of His great band.
Robin Spencer-Foote
January 24, 2009
I was a student at Charles F. Johnson that he taught the cello to and let me just say he was an amazing teacher and I'm glad that I had the chance to learn from him. I give my sympathy to his wife, family, and friends. I know they miss him as much as i do.
Sara Burns
January 23, 2009
Dear, Nancy and Family.
Don was a friend from Dailard Elementary School and our son, Nick, took guitar Lessons from him. He was an amazing man. We are still in shock and disbelief that he is no longer here with us, that we can no longer drive over to his and Nancy's house on Sunday and watch him patiently teach our son how to play guitar. He was always encouraging and thoughtful, A man of character and talent. He will be very missed.
Our prayers are with you.
Thank you for the Music Mr. Truesdail.
Love, The Sullivan's
Kim Sullivan
January 23, 2009
We are sadden to learn of the passing of Mr. Truesdail. He inspired my daughter to take on the Violin last year at Foster Elementary and to try the piano if she really wanted to and she has not stopped playing since. He was dearly missed when he left Foster but we knew he would inspire others. He is a major loss to the Music part of our schools and our children. Thank you Donald for touching the musicial hearts of all of our children.
Norman Family
January 22, 2009
dear family of mr.T, i am a student of Mr.Trusdale ,when i hered the news with my friend we all could'nt beleve it. He was my favorite teacher and i will never forget him.
P.S All of Wegeforth Elementry will miss him and his teaching. We will all pray for him and his family.
Angelica Sanabria
January 22, 2009
Dear Nancy...I am so, so sorry about your loss. I never met Don but knew of him through your wonderful words about him. Do treasure all of the memories you have of your life with him.
Linda Biemer
January 22, 2009
Don, it was a pleasure of mine to have met you in this very short time we all have. you have helped me become more trusting of people because you were very kind. You are very talented and gifted. Your eternal home must be more wonderfull than words can express. I am very sorry and hurt that your loved ones will miss you very much.
kellis mcdonald
January 22, 2009
Don was an inspiration to young and old. He inspired people to live life to the fullest. He brought his love for music to so many. He truly loved you Nancy with all his heart. I worked at Dailard where he taught the children to enjoy playing their instruments with passion. He would be playing in our staff lounge when I would be eating my lunch. We had great conversations and he shared with me about the loves of his life. Nancy, music and his family. You are in his heart and always will be.
The students loved to set up the room for class. He inspired them to love the sounds of music and bring happiness through their instruments.
Thank you for sharing Don with us.
Don is with the angels leading the path for us through his music and his heart. You and your families are in my prayers during this difficult time. Peace will be with you in the years to come. Hang on to the memories and the love that you all shared with such a wonderful man.
Robin Harang
January 22, 2009
Mr. and Mrs. Truesdail, Amy, and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy, and he will be missed. You are in my prayers.
Cristina (Cortright) Rogers
January 22, 2009
An amazingly gifted individual, both musically and in his relationships with students. I am going to miss my afterschool talks with Don and our shared mission as advocates for the student's with which we worked. He had an amazing gift in his ability to reach our most difficult students. He taught them not only music, but gave them the strength, motivation, and respect which inspired many to be the best they could be.
rita mckerring
January 22, 2009
I am student of Mr. Truesdail, I am vice president of the Mar Vista High School Choir. Mr. Truesdail was a WONDERFUL man and he will be deeply missed by his students and friends at Mar Vista High. He had so much love for his students and we so much love for him. To know he is gone and never coming back just hurts me and makes me very sad. We love you Mr. T and we will always love you! Thank you for everything you taught and done for us! :)
January 22, 2009
We just heard of the passing of Mr.Truesdail. He convinced my daughter to stay in band last year when he taught at Green. He cared about his students, and that was obvious. She now has a passion to play, and this is thanks to Mr.Truesdail. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all who knew him.
Amy Eagle
January 22, 2009
"Mr. T" will be greatly missed by his students and their parents. As a parent, it was clear that he cared about music and his students. He was relaxed and wanted his students to enjoy music. A tragedy not only for his family but all the lives he touched. He will be greatly missed.
Kristine Kujawa
January 22, 2009
Nancy, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Don. Since your move to California, his messages of news and music always lightened my heart. Please add my loving wishes to those of your family and friends; may they comfort you now and always. Whenever you visit Binghamton, please think of staying with me.
Nancy Tittler
January 22, 2009
My deepest heartfelt condolences for the Truesdail family. Your son had a passion for music, life, and the children he worked with that was very unique and inspired me to become a better educator, a better person, and especially a better husband. He will truly be missed. His legacy lives on in the hearts of all who met him.
Steven Carpenter
January 21, 2009
We at the OB Rag blog in Ocean Beach did not know Donnie until after his death. But since then we have directly experienced the stories of those who were deeply and forever touched by this inspirational person. We have genuine grief for him and have come to lament his departure as a son of Ocean Beach, a son of creativity and music, with a rare sensitivity for learning and teaching others. Please - those who knew him during his life, understand this:
we have only come to know him since he left you. And now he has touched even more.
Frank Gormlie
January 21, 2009
Don was my guitar teacher for three years and i learned so much from him. he had something really beautiful , a true love for music and a strong desire to share this with everyone. He inspired all his students and added something special to his students and friends. He will live on in the hearts, futures and music of his students friends and family. I will miss him and the sundays i spent in his room learning guitar. I will always remember his kind way of being, genuine love for music and love for the world. Donald Truesdail will be missed by the many people who he inspired.
Nilo Goldfarb
January 21, 2009
Danny and Janet and family,I'm so sorry hear of your lost.I know they nothing I can say make the pain go away.It takes time.I lost my son a year ago to the day you lost your son.All I can say take one day at a time.Remember he will always be in your heart.I wish I could say it gets better because I'm not sure it does.You are all in mt thoughts and prayers.Wanda macumber miller
Wanda macumber
January 21, 2009
Our family was shocked and saddened to hear of Mr. Truesdail's passing. My son was a student in the band last year at Foster Elementary. He very much loved and admired Mr. Truesdail. I was always impressed by his gentleness and patience with the kids. Our sincere condolences to his family for the tragic loss of this fine young man.
John McColm
January 21, 2009
I was just notified about Don's passing and wanted to let you know that the students, staff and parents at Foster elementary have you in our thoughts and prayers. Don was the music teacher at our school last year and my daughter was lucky to be one of his students. I am the PTA president at Foster and spoke with Don many times about music, photography, travel and life. His love of music was obvious in the fun way that he taught the students. I was just looking through many of the pictures I took last year of Don with our students, there was always a smile on his face! He was too young to leave us and will always have a place in our heart.
Brock Scott
January 21, 2009
im a former student of Mr.Truesdail. He taught my 5th grade orchestra. He was a huge inspiration to me. He pushed me to try out for the All state orchestra. Though i didint make it. Mr. Truesdail was always smiling. I was very happy to have met him. Though he wasnt at our school long, he was still a huge inspiration to me. I remember at one of our orchestra concerts he was playing with us, and he was so concentrated on his music that he was playing so hard that he broke the hairs on his bow. After the concert we had a good laugh about it. If i couldint get some notes down or a song he would take time and help me seperatly. He was a great guy if my mom was running late he would wait back until she came. When i was sad about not making all state he bought me lunch and we hung out in his room during lunch. He was a wonderful man its sad he died before his age. Im sincerely sorry for the family of Mr. Trusedail. I added my email address so if one of the family members of Mr. Truesdail would fill me in on how hes been and what not thanks.
Connor Riley
January 21, 2009
i'm so sorry for the loss of our friend, our teacher, our brother. so many wonderful names we may call you donald. please continue to play don's music and keep it close to your heart. for it was one of the great loves in his life. peace be with you all.
mykul japhet
January 21, 2009
Robin Harang
January 21, 2009
Don was a great musician, a great teacher, and a great friend. I will always cherish the time that I spent teaching with him at CFJ. Thanks for the CDs of your music Don, I will always have them to remember you by. May God Bless your family, and may you find eternal peace.
Tom Henderson
January 20, 2009
My sincere condolences to all of don's family and friends. Don was so full of life that it is absolutly heart wrenching to hear he is gone. I still think of you every time I see the Price Is Right or a moped and will forever. We shared a lot of great times. You will be greatly missed dear friend.
James Yadlosky
January 20, 2009
In loving memory of Mr. Truesdail a musician, teacher and friend. I am so sad to hear of your passing and am honored to have known you. You had so much talent and potential that I don't think there was anything you couldn't do. I can still picture you walking thru the hallways to your next class singing Rubber Ducky with the biggest smile on your face or finding a place to sit between classes and play your guitar. Those are memories that will be cherished forever. You don't know how much of an inspiration you were to the students at Lexington Elementary School. I know first hand for my children never thought of playing a mucical instrument till they met you. You gave them each a flute that they play all the time. My grandson says he wants to be a musician just like Mr. T. I want to thank your wife and family for sharing you with all of us and that they are in our prayers and hope God will see them thru this horrible tragedy. Your Spirit and Music will live on in us forever and you will never be forgotten. We love you Mr. T and sad you had to leave us so soon. In the Arms of the Angels. R.I.P <3
Mary Wynn
January 20, 2009
Wow. When I heard, it was like a kick to the stomach. I remember playing with Don in high school. Everything about Don was laid back and cool. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Truesdail family.
Jason Rouselle
January 19, 2009
Don was a star who shined above the rest. I consider myself lucky that I knew him and deeply saddened that he passed away. Even though I haven't seen him in over 10 years, he kept in touch through Myspace and spoke fondly of his music career and his lovely wife, Nancy. My heart goes out to his family and Nancy who he adored.
Lynn Heidbrier (Reinsel)
January 19, 2009
My friendship with Don started at Mario's Pizza. Seems like so long ago. I had the privelage of hanging out with him, sharing music and laughs. Though the wheels of live have separated us, the memories are still strong. Don, may you be in Heaven playing music with God.
To Dan, Janet, and Amy. My prayer is that God shows you the way to celebrate the life of Don and all the lives he touched and not morn his passing. God Bless.
Joe Hall
January 19, 2009
He was my daughter's teacher in
Charles F. Johnson. He was a wonderful teacher and loved kids
very much. I'm very sorry for the loss in your family.
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January 19, 2009
Don embodied all that is good, fair, and just in this world. His perseverance and dedication were the perfect model of who we may all hope to be. I feel lucky for every conversation, jam session, and moment that we had together. My family and I miss you dearly and love you forever.
Scott Graham
January 19, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dons family.Don was part of our family for 10 yrs. We will forever miss him.He taught my children piano and drums and will be deeply missed
lisa conklin
January 19, 2009
Jan, Dan and loved ones, Our deepest condolences and sorrow at this great loss.
Gloria, Rick and Christine Richardson
Gloria Rich
January 19, 2009
His broad musical talent and knowledge were simply amazing. He was one of the most gracious souls I've ever met. I will miss you forever Don, and you will inspire me for that long...
Brian McGuinness
January 19, 2009
Don was one of the most interesting and thoughtful people I've had the pleasure to call my friend. I'll always remember our long and wide-ranging conversations about art, music and life in general. Some of the best conversations I've ever had were spent with Don as we made fun of bad music. He was a great guy and I'm a better person for having known him.
Kyle Shiel
January 19, 2009
In loving memory of Mr. Truesdail, a great music teacher and friend. We are honored to have known you and saddened by your passing. My brother and I would like to thank you for teaching us how to play the flute. We will cherish those flutes forever that you gave us. We will never forget you and all that you did for all the students at Lexington Elementary School. You inspired us so much with your music and hope we can be as great a musician as you were. Your Spirit and music will live on in our hearts forever. Our prayers go out to your wife and family at this sad time. We love you Mr. T R.I.P
Angel and Michael Fermoil
Lexington Elementary School
Angel Fermoil
January 19, 2009
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Robert Truesdail
January 19, 2009
To the Truedale Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this sorrowful time. My daughter Sara Burns had the pleasure of being one of Don's students at CF Johnson Elementary School. She loved going to his class and I remember how enthusiastic he was about teaching to the young kids. His kindness and talent will be truly missed.
Cheryl Muscio
January 19, 2009
Don was a soft spoken, kind hearted person and losing him so soon is such a tragedy to this world. He will surely be missed. Amy his sister is such a awsome person and a terrific friend, I am sorry his family is going through all of this.
Mickelle Andrews
January 19, 2009
Don, I'm so heartbroken you're gone, but I know that you wonderful spirit will live on in our hearts forever. I will always remember you fondly and know you will be in our hearts forever.
JoAnne (Thornton)BenDchiche
January 19, 2009
My deepest sympathy to Don's family. I had the pleasure of meeting Don when he was working at the Regency and hoping to go to college for his music. He always talked about his love for music with all of us. He even came back to tell us how he had become a teacher. I thought how fortunate these students were to have such an enthusiastic and caring person. My prayers are with all of you.
Tilly Carbo
January 19, 2009
i'm so sorry for your loss. don was a such a awesome amazing person. he touched so many lives and he will live on for ever in the hearts of his students and the people who got to hear his music and all his other gifts. your family is in my prayers
christa holmes and family
January 19, 2009
To Uncle Dan, Aunt Janet, and my beloved Swindlers ~ You know how I feel and that I never have the words when I really need them. Thank you for Donnie, what he meant to me, and the millions of little things that I will cherish. I will forever miss my mittens, and the boy who threw them into the sky with me.
Keri & John Mortimer
January 19, 2009
my deepest heartfelt condolences for the Truesdail family. I didn,t know Donald, but I knew he came from good stock. My prayers are with you all.
Bob Craig
January 19, 2009
In loving remembrance of Don Truesdail, musician, teacher, and friend. The children, staff, and families of Cubberley Elementary School are deeply saddened by the untimely loss of this extraordinary man.

Thank you, Mr. Truesdail, for helping us find the music within ourselves, and the magic in those around us. The lessons you taught us cannot die. Your gifts, your talent, and your spirit live on in the hearts of those whose lives you touched. You will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

- Your friends from Cubberley
Maria Edwards
January 19, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don was the greatest friend to my son, Phil Indrick. Always a pleasure to have him visit. We shared a lot of laughs and love of music. He will truly be missed. May God Bless you and give you strength. Bernie and Bob Villielm
Bernadine Villielm
January 19, 2009
Don was special to and loved by everyone who met him. It's a loss to all! I am especially sorry for Nancy and for Don's family, and my prayers are with you all. The world lost a bright star.
Virginia Adri Young
January 19, 2009
please accept our deepest sympathy
pam and jimmy wheeler
January 19, 2009
To The Family of Don Truesdail: We want to express our sympathy for such a tragic loss. Don was a person who inspired people to play music. We were fortunate enough to have Don play Greek Music in our Band. He played Greek music almost like it was his nationality. We cant believe his life was cut so short. We love and will miss his talent and heart warming personality.
The Koutsaris Family
January 19, 2009
My heart goes out to all of Don's loved ones. He will be deeply missed.
Melissa McCloskey
January 19, 2009
Dan & Janet and family
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family as you struggle through this time. Love Butch (Ray) & Donna Rogers
Donna Rogers
January 19, 2009
Donnie, you were my brother, my hero and my friend. I miss you more than I can say....
Amy Swindler
January 19, 2009
The Diamond Family expresses great sympathy to the Truesdail's in this time- Donny was a great person and will be missed.
Jeromie Diamond
January 19, 2009
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
January 19, 2009
Our heartfelt condolences goes out to Don's family during this difficult time. Don was an inspriational person to his students and a wonderful person. Don's family will be in our prayers.
Jon & Nicole Scaptura
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