Donald H. Criswell
February 3, 1926 – December 16, 2020
Donald Criswell was born in Butte, MT, February 3, 1926, to Tony and Enid Criswell. Don was raised in Missoula, MT, with his sister Claire McIver and brothers Fay and Ted Criswell, all deceased. He joined the Navy out of high school and was part of the 54th Seabee Battalion in WWII.
After the war, Don came back home to Missoula and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration. This is where he met the love of his life, Charlotte Davidson from Evansville, Indiana who was visiting her brother attending the University.
Don and Charlotte married on June 18, 1949, in Evansville. Their honeymoon consisted of a drive from Evansville to Missoula where Don finished his college education. Following in his father’s footsteps, Don became a life insurance agent while Charlotte stayed home to start their family. Don traveled the west coast for two years prior to coming to San Diego in 1958.
Don earned several degrees in advanced estate planning for charitable estate planning. He was a consultant for many law firms and conducted seminars for large groups of professionals. Besides his love of family, he enjoyed his life as a consultant and facilitating charitable giving to organizations. He was on various boards from boy’s clubs to cancer research, all he enjoyed.
Don became totally disabled in 1984. Although in constant pain his positivity kept him going and an inspiration to all. Don always had a smile and both he and Charlotte were always willing and eager to share their faith in Christ.
Don was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Charlotte Davidson Criswell. He took great pride in his family and was grateful to his family for all the care and love they gave him after losing Charlotte. Don is survived by his children Marcia Straub and Bob Criswell and his grandchildren, Cristen Owens (Ty Lackey), Jessica Owens (Jonathan Schauder), Daniel Straub (Kelly), Brian Criswell (Rachel) and Dr. Kevin Criswell (Lisa) and six great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service was held at El Camino Memorial.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 14, 2021.