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 Donald Lewis “Don” Kinder

Donald Lewis “Don” Kinder

Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 16 Dec 2003 (aged 77)
Draper, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial West Valley City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 100339876 · View Source
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Don loved life and he loved the outdoors. He loved sitting down by our creek and watching the birds and conversing with the deer as they wandered through the orchard. He was such a compasionate loving person. I miss you so very much my Pappa Bear and You will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. REST IN PEACE MY LOVE. We had 21 beautiful loving years together and they were the best years of my life.

Donald Lewis Kinder was born on May 5,1926 to Mary Elizabeth Gregory (1906-1945) He was adopted when he was 4 by George Albert Kinder ( 1902-1962) and Sarah Heleanor Ames Kinder (1908-1986) He grew up and lived in Murray and Salt Lake City.

He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and fought in World War II, and was awarded many medals including the Purple Heart. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Ommaney Bay. It was hit by a Kamakazi and since there was no way to put the fire out on ship they were told to jump into the South China Sea. He shared his life jacket with a fellow soldier, who had jumped off without a life jacket. He said they watched as the ship blew up in the air and then melted back into the Sea. He was picked up by the U.S.S. McCall a few hours later, was sent to sick bay, where they removed shapnel from his chest. Just as he was going up the ladder with a clean shirt, the U.S.S. McCall was hit and he found himself out in the South China Sea again. They were out there for many hours hanging on to anything they could find, before being picked up by the U.S.S. Columbia. It was headed for the Phillipines and since Don was U.S.Navy he went on ships company. The U.S.S. Columbia was hit by a kamakazi, but was not disabled, but it killed several of his shipmates from the U.S.S. Ommaney Bay that were down below. With him being ships company he was on deck or probably would not have made it. He said it was a million dollar experience but would not pay a cent to go through it again. His last ship he served on before leaving the Navy was the U.S.S. Enterprise. He was a purple heart recipient.

He married Beverly Lou "Sharp" Harmon.
They were blessed with 5 daughters.

Connie Marlene Kinder (1946)
Karen Kay Kinder (1951)
Christie Lou Kinder (1953)
Carolee Kinder (1956)
Rebecca Dawn Kinder (1958)

Beverly passed away on April 13, 1980

Don worked for Kennecott Copper Corporation for 34 years. He also owned and operated Valley Hauling Company, which was a landscraping business, with his good friend Ben Cameron. Don started having chemical heart attacks and so took an early retirement from Kennecott. 30 and out.

Married Esther Smith Coley on October 29, 1983.

Don and I loved to travel together on vacations and my days off from work. He loved to camp and just enjoy the great outdoors. When we moved to our last home, with the creek that runs through, he was happy just staying home and enjoying the yard and the birds and deer that frequent our yard. He had a lot of health issues the last few years, but he never lost his sense of humor or his compasion that he had for people or life. He was a loving caring husband and I miss his smile and love every day.

Beverly Lou "Sharp" Harmon (1927-1980)
Esther Smith Coley (1943-

Raised with sister
Bonnie Jean Wood (1936)

At the age of 60 Don was reunited with half brothers and sisters.
Leona Helen Inlay (1928-2000)
Floyd Bennett Inlay (1929-2015)
Ellen Marie Inlay (1934-2006)
Stanley Elmer Inlay (1936)
Dolores Ann Inlay (1937)
Irene Delia Inlay (1938)
Kathelina Lola Inlay (1940)
Judith Erma Inlay (1943)



Donald L. Kinder Poppers Our loving and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Donald Lewis Kinder passed away December 16, 2003 at the age of 77.

Don was born on May 5, 1926 to Mary Elizabeth Gregory. He was adopted and raised by George Albert and Eleanor Ames Kinder. Don was an only child for 10 years when his sister Jean was brought to live with them.

He served in The U.S. Navy during World War II earning many medals including a purple heart.

Don married Beverly Lou Harmon on March 7, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple for time and eternity, from this union came five beautiful daughters. Don worked for Kennecott Copper for 36 years, most of that time at the Magna mill. He also owned his own business Valley Hauling for 26 years. He was active in scouting and the dance program of the church. His beautiful wife Beverly passed away in April of 1980.

In July of 1982 he met and fell in love with Esther Smith Coley and on Oct 29, 1983 they were married under the pines and became soul mates for all time.

Don was a wonderful dad to all eight children. Don was a very compassionate, loving Companion and he loved the outdoors and loved the serenity of their yard, where He loved to feed and watch the birds, and watch the deer that lived nearby.

At the age of 60 Don found out that he had nine half brothers and sisters and was reunited with them. Don is survived by daughters, Connie (Les) Edwards, Carolee Kinder of Anchorage, AK. Karen (Richard) Lyon, Christie Kinder, Becky (Neil) Orencole of Taylorsville. Also Ray Coley, West Jordan, Jim Coley (Heidi) Salt Lake and Cathy (Joe) Doyle Kuna ID., Joy Coley. 15 Grandchildren, 11 great Grandchildren. Sister Jean Mackay (Richard) Brothers and sisters, Floyd Inlay, Stanley Inlay, Katheline Vacarro, Judy Peterson, Irene Winn, Ellen Lamoreauxr and Dolores Cooper.
Preceded in death by parents, Beverly, granddaughter Shannon, grandson Michael and Great granddaughter Aspen. one sister and one brother.

Don was a very special person and will be loved and missed by all that knew him. May you rest in peace. Funeral Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Broomhead Funeral Home 12600 So. 2200 W. where friends may call hour prior to services. Interment Valley View Cemetery.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2003 -

This is a poem I wrote for Donald after he passed away.
It is published in a Noble House book of poetry.

My Donald
Dedicated to the memory of my loving husband Donald

The morning begins
As it always did-
The sun comes up-
The moon goes down-
But something is wrong-
For you my love are not around.

I see you in the morning sun-
As the joggers start their morning run-
I hear you in the song of a bird-
That so many people have never heard.
I see you in the flight of an Eagle-
Flying so high - Up in the sky.

I feel your tears upon my face-
As the rain drops fall from out of space.
My teardrops fall upon the ground-
For my dear love is not around.

But I feel you walk beside me-
As I carry on my day-
Your love is always with me-
As I start another day-

I know this is so-
Because I feel it in my heart-
Always remember Donald-
We will never be apart.

Esther S. Kinder

I have linked Don to his biological Mother on this page. His adopted Mother Sarah Eleanor Ames Kinder can be found by the link to George Albert Kinder or Eleanor's memorial number 100930855. I would have linked him to both, but they only give you one Mother option.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Lewis “Don” Kinder (5 May 1926–16 Dec 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100339876, citing Valley View Memorial Park, West Valley City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Esther Kinder (contributor 47944192) .