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 Donald Wallace “Don” Gordon

Donald Wallace “Don” Gordon

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 11 Apr 2016 (aged 84)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Sec B Blk 27 Lot 1 Plot 4
Memorial ID 161006995 · View Source
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VETERAN
US AIR FORCE
KOREAN WAR

Early Life: Born February 4, 1932, to Henry and Anne Gordon in Los Angeles, California, Don was the younger of two boys. He was a vibrant and active young man, eventually becoming a champion gymnast at Garfield High School in Los Angeles.
Life's Work/Service/Interests: Following his high school graduation in 1951, Don served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as both a survival instructor and rescue medic in Saudi Arabia. Some of his best adventures occurred during this time. Upon returning to the states, Don completed a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Biology and Physical Education in 1958. In 1959, he could be found working as a physical education teacher at the Gidley K-8 School in Los Angeles, where he also oversaw the school’s track and field program. Don soon harnessed his visionary creativity and his deep interest in physical education to launch a series of successful and ground-breaking sports and play equipment companies. This became his lifelong career. His inventions include Port-A-Pit (the first foam landing pits for high jump and pole vaulters), the first foam crash pads for gymnasts, and skill development equipment for special needs and early education. To date, Don holds approximately 40 patents and has over 300 products still on the market. His family lovingly remarked that he would work until the day he died, which proved to be true: mere days before his passing, Don was working on submitting multiple patents for approval. His tenacity and work ethic were unmatched. Throughout this life, Don was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Always eager to share his beliefs, Don served six times as a ward missionary, in addition to service as a bishopric counselor, temple worker and Sunday School President. He was one of a kind and a perfect example of a good man: honest, hard-working, kind to all, and always quick to make a joke. Don made each person he came in contact with feel like they were the most important person, touching countless lives, especially those of his children. In 1980, Don was married to Jo Ann Creamer in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. Including children from previous marriages, he and Jo Ann are parents to eight children. Utah has been his home for the past 24 years. All who knew him will deeply miss his words of encouragement, wisdom, and faith. His family is grateful for his example, devotion and especially his generous love. At 12:30 a.m. on April 11, 2016, Donald Wallace Gordon, of Springville, Utah, passed away after a thirteen-year battle with cancer. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his own home surrounded by family. He was 84.
Survived By: His wife, Jo Ann; children: Donalea, Shawn, Heather, Garrett, Audra, Pyper, Grant, Aaron; 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Services: Springville 6th LDS Ward
Arranged By: Legacy Funerals
Final Rest: Historic Springville Cemetery
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© Daily Herald | Provo, Utah | 15 April 2016
Bio compiled by: Annie Duckett Hundley


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  • Created by: Annie Duckett Hundley
  • Added: 14 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161006995
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Wallace “Don” Gordon (4 Feb 1932–11 Apr 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161006995, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Annie Duckett Hundley (contributor 47394373) .