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On July 23, 2020, Don Reksten (PEng) passed away at home surrounded by his beloved family. Born in Vancouver, BC on July 5, 1941, Don shared a loving and laughter-filled 17 years with his soul mate, Leona Taylor. He was predeceased by his wife, Teresa (Terry) Reksten in 2001. He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Jane (Steve) and Norah and his grandsons, Jack (Nim) and Tom Longo, his sisters, Judy (Dave) Burton and Sue LaPierre, Leona’s children Tami, Mike and Murray and other members of the Taylor/Jones family of whom he was so fond. Don worked his entire career as a hydrologic engineer with the federal and provincial governments (he was a life member of the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC) followed by several years of consulting. During his working years, and even more so after his retirement, Don always made time to follow his many passions and interests. These include his love of classic cars, (as a member of the Old English Car Club and especially as the owner of a blue ribbon winning 1950 MG TD); his passion for music and playing the saxophone (with The Commodores Big Band, The Edelweiss Club, and The Belmont Avenue Beat), and his enthusiasm for local history (working with the Royal BC and Oak Bay Archives, BC Historical Association and BC Historical Federation, the Captain Cook Society, Old Cemeteries Society and Hallmark Society). Many fond memories are held of camping and sailing (Don was a member Royal Victoria Yacht Club and of the Maritime Museum) and later on he enjoyed line-dancing with Leona, and road trips in their Boler. Don tirelessly volunteered his time and talents to so many different organizations. Everyone who met him knew him to be such a lovely man and the family appreciates all the thoughtful words shared that speak to this: Don was kind, generous, humble, quiet, wise, inspirational and fair-minded. Don/Dad/Pops was our calm in any storm. A memorial will be planned when circumstances allow.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Jul. 30 to Aug. 1, 2020.
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February 28, 2021
I recently was reminiscing about friends I lost contact with over the years and called up the name of Don Reksten and was saddened to learn that Don had moved on to join the big band in the sky. Don, Brian Mclagan, Nick Galichinko and myself got together many times to listen and review the latest jazz record we purchased. I think of Don when I listen to the Harold Land record called the Fox and brings back fond memories of the times we spent together at our family homes socializing, along with some jamming and giging. Like Don I also attended King Ed high school the same time as Don's sisters Judy and Sue. My condolences to all the family members and may the many fond memories of Don be a comfort during these difficult times.
Don Fraser
August 2, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My condolences to you Leona. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Edith Quayle
July 31, 2020
Dear Leona and the Reksten and Taylor/Jones families,
My sister Valerie and I are deeply saddened to learn of Don's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. He will be sorely missed. Don and our father, Denis Lemon, were band mates with the Commodores Big Band and the best of friends. Dad thought the world of him. Don was very kind to us when Dad passed sharing many happy memories, photos and stories. I am sure they are playing the sax together again and having a good laugh.
Wishing you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead.
Hilary Jordan and Valerie Desmarais. Victoria
Hilary Jordan
July 31, 2020
Pam Gaudio
July 31, 2020
Sue McTaggart
July 30, 2020
Sandra Tolley
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