Danald R. Wright was born on February 24, 1932, to Raymond Clifford Wright and Delourise Marie (Nickerson) Wright. He went Home, May 2, 2016, after an extended period of surgeries and subsequent illnesses. Donald received his education in the Washington Country schools around Lindon and graduated "first in his class of three" in 1950. From there, he was comfortable in talking about attending the "School of Hard Knocks".
After the death of his dad, Donald assumed the responsibility to run the farming and ranching operation originated by his maternal grandmother during the homestead days. He decided not to attend college but to stay home and help his sister participate in the college experience. Lindell Lucille and her fiancÚ were killed in an automobile accident before she could graduate.
Donald was drafted in 1957 and served our country in the United States Army during the period between World War II and the Korean War. He was sent to Panama for eleven months before receiving a hardship and honorable discharge due to his mother's need for him on the farm. Donald continued to serve in the U.S. Army until he was honorably discharged in 1962.
In 1967, Donald married Carolyn (McKinley) and they were gradually joined by five children, Keith, Dorothy, Lori Jan, Janette and Karl. Lori Jan went to Heaven in 1972, and we believe was waiting with Jesus for Donald when he joined them at his new Home.
During his years living in Lindon, the family remembers pulling together and working on the farm/ranch learning that Dad started the day before sunrise and didn't shut down until after dark. When times got tough, Donald supplemented the direct operation by first trucking and then starting a farm implements business. The family never went hungry, but the kids learned to tighten their belts and keep going, the "kitchen help" working right alongside the "men" of the family.
Donald took great delight in attending all the functions in which the children were involved. He took the family to church and saw that their spiritual lives were fed. Attending his children's ballgames, music contests, and FFA events, was important to him and he liked to talk about missing only one such event throughout their school years.
Donald accepted Jesus as his personal Savior in 1967 and during their almost fifty years of marriage, he and Carolyn had the privilege of serving the Lord in several area churches as unofficial starters and encouragers. A host of friends were made in this capacity and are still considered to be personal treasures.
Donald was the first president of the Woodlin Lion's Club in the early 1960's. At the time of his "Home-going", he was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Fort Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Jan, by both parents, his sister, and his twin siblings, Carl and Carlene, who died shortly after birth.
He leaves to celebrate his life, his wife Carolyn; his son Keith and family Christine, Michelle, and Bethany; his daughter Dorothy and family Melvin, Gabrielle, and husband Darren; his daughter Janette and family, Emerson, Rian, Jessica and Story; his son Karl and family Ginger, Morgan, Mae, Ashlynn, Logan, and Austin.
A service of celebration was held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Morgan at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at the Akron Cemetery. Afterwards family and friends are welcome to come for a brief housewarming at the house, 21 Daybreak Lane in Fort Morgan between the times of four and five o'clock.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on May 6, 2016
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