Don was born in Elizabethtown, North Carolina on January 15, 1930 and passed away in Auburn, California on February 9, 2013. Don West made the military his career. Serving in the U.S. Navy from 1947 through 1957, and the U.S. Air Force from 1957 through 1975, proudly serving overseas in Korea and making two tours to Vietnam. He married his wife, Glenna, on April 4, 1953, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. After retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant E9 he moved his family from Southern California to Newcastle. Don enjoyed working as a driver for Ford delivering new vehicles across California. He also enjoyed raising horses and beef cattle. He was an avid coffee drinker and enjoyed spending hours at a time at a few local coffee shops with friends.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Mabel West. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Glenna West, his sons Donald West, Jr., Rynal West, and Stanley A. West, daughter Joy Stephens, grandchildren, Jennifer Darling, Kristin Smith, Nicole Aponte, and Ryan West, and great-grandchildren Megan Bayer, Finnley Bayer, Gage Smith, Patrick Darling, and Aaliah Aponte.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA, followed by a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel of the Hills. A graveside service will follow the funeral service at the Newcastle Cemetery, 850 Taylor Road, Newcastle, CA. Please sign the online guestbook at www.chapelofthehills-auburn.com.