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Donald Bell


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Donald A. Bell

Donald Anthony Bell was born May 10, 1944 to Edward and Irene Bell at Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley California. He attended Willard Jr. High School where he met his lifelong best friend Robert G. Norton. Don attend Berkeley High School. He was a proud member of the Athenians and graduated in 1962. Those years at Berkeley High helped set the foundation for which Don was to build his life. This is where Don met the love of his life Karen Alexis Coleman and eventually married her in 1966 in Carmel, CA.
Don lived a wonderful life. He lived with vigor and love. His social circles were where he thrived and is where he felt most comfortable, whether on the golf course or spending time with friends. He enjoyed traveling and appreciated culture and playing golf all over the world. Loyalty and honor were paramount throughout Don's life and it can be said, without falter, that these traits were a testament to his purpose here. He lived with integrity and will always be remember for his pleasant demeanor, his friendly smile and his always welcoming presence. He exuded honor and always lived up to what he presented to the world.
His ability to see things as they were was inspiring in that, one always knew where they stood with him and there wasn't much sugar coating.
He was a member of the California National Guard.
Don was as successful in business as he was with his personal relationships. He worked diligently to establish himself as a respectable insurance broker for over 50 years. He officially retired from his partnership at Fidelity Insurances this March.
Don passed away in the very early hours of Saturday June 23, 2018 at his home in the hills of Berkeley. He is survived by his two sons John and Peter Bell, and their wives, Gina and Heather and his four grandchildren, Trevor, Nathan, Chloe, and Gannon.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 15, 2018
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