Don passed away in Santa Rosa on May 8, 2018. Dearly beloved husband of 72 years of Joyce, loving father of Tom and Cindy, adored grandfather of Sean, Todd, Daniel (Rachel), Michael (Barbara), Jenae (Chad) and Jason, great grandfather of Cainan, Trinity and Katy Jo, also survived by his sister Dolores Wells, niece Valerie and his daughter in law Wendy; preceded in death by his son Donny.
Don was first and foremost proud to have been a Corporal in the Marines 6th Division in the South Pacific. After the service he studied at Humboldt State, San Jose State and Hastings Law school in San Francisco, until the first of three kids arrived.
In Don's early years after the service he raised his family in Eureka Ca. He loved coaching Little League baseball and Pop Warner football and was very successful at it. He also helped to bring back the Humboldt Foresters Semi -Pro Football program in Eureka and was very active in creating the Redwood Empire Athletic Association
After moving to Santa Rosa in the early 1960's he helped organize the Cardinal Newman football program.
After a few years working for Farmers Insurance he was recruited by the California Medical Association for his people skills and finished his working life with zeal until he retired at 72.
He loved kids, sports, Dixieland Jazz, his many pet dogs over the years, his backyard by the creek and of course spending time with the love of his life Joyce. His smile and humor will be sorely missed.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Friday May 18, 2018 at 11:00 A.M at St Eugene's Cathedral, 2323 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa, with committal to follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park.