Don loved spending time in the mountains, which was his primary reason for choosing to retire in Thompson Falls. He spent almost as much time hiking and hunting as he did at home. His love of the mountains (he was often referred to as a “mountain man”) led to some of his favorite past times including hand crafting long bows for his friends and family, all of which he made entirely by hand. Those lucky enough to receive one of his bows knows first-hand the time and care he took in fashioning one and it was truly an honor to receive such a great gift from him. Don was also well known for working with animal hides and making high quality native American style quivers, boxes, and parfletches.
One of the nicest people you could meet, Don regularly went out of his way to help out family, friends, and strangers, (they were all the same in his book). Whether it was a simple offering of a plate of fudge, or taking several days to help a family member or friend move, he was always there to lend a hand to those in need. He was a kind and giving man who will not be forgotten.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Hazel, and his brother Larry. He is survived by his wife, Katy; his brother Robert; three children, Debbie (Andy) Burwig, Donald (Laura) Walton, and Cheryl Stevens; grandchildren, Nicole and Nathan Burwig, Travis Walton, Sara (Doug) Czerwinski, Lyn Walton, and Kenneth, Jacob, and Tyler Stevens.
Private services for the family will be arranged for a later time.