Wanting to fly planes, he entered the Air Force and was sent on classifed duty to Laramie. Not what he had in mind, but Don met his wife Kay Baillie in Laramie. They were married there on Dec. 20, 1953.
Don graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in civil engineering, and the couple moved to San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he was employed with Cal Trans. His engineering professor from Wyoming talked him into returning to Laramie for his master’s degree. He and Kay did, and then moved on to Powell to teach at Northwest College in 1968.
They settled “Someplace” in Ralston and he loved his students for 28 years, retiring in 1997, and moved to Powell to live on Rainwater Court.
Don built beautiful model airplanes. He flew them locally, and he and Kay got Harvey the RV and traveled around to model airplane meets for many years.
Don was a special husband who agreed with everything, making life easy on everyone, but he might say, “You can always add salt?”
His loved ones wish him a fresh breeze to fill up his sails, and a stop at the Rainbow Bridge to say hello to his dog Bella and eight other Fisher boxers.
Don is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years Kay; sister Marshall Grube of Johnson City, Tenn.; nephew Ken Grube of Colfax, N.C.; niece Kathryn Grube of Overland Park, Kan.; brother-in-law Bill Baillie and sister-in-law JoAnn Baillie of Pueblo, Colo.
A memorial service was held Monday, Aug. 26, at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell.
Memorial donations can be made to the Northwest College Foundation, 231 W. Sixth Street, Powell WY, 82435.
The family has requested that condolences be sent to them online at www.thompsonfuneral.net or to P.O. Box 807 Powell, WY 82435.