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Donald "Don" Wallace Sawyer

Donald (Don) Wallace Sawyer, 82, of Fraser, Colorado passed away on February 15, 2016 after a struggle with Pancreatic cancer. He was born in Denver on January 27, 1934 to Wallace and Stella Sawyer.

Don attended Denver public schools and was graduated from South High in 1952 and attended Colorado State University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He received an Honorable discharge in June, 1955.

In 1956, Don went to work for United Airlines for 38 years retiring as a pilot. He loved flying and felt it "the best job he could imagine". While working at United, he completed his B. A. in geography at the University of Colorado, Denver.

He loved skiing and instructing with the Eskimo Ski Club with whom he instructed for 54 years becoming the technical director for instructors. He was Level 3 certified instructor with PSIA and a certified instructor with PMTS. Don loved to ski the powder at Winter Park and could always be found making first tracks.

Don had many other interests. He was a woodworker making beautiful furniture and helping others with their home projects. He loved tennis, bicycling, river rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, fly fishing, golfing, hiking, sailing, photography and trap shooting. He was a world traveler, a Lion's Club member, and a jack of all trades able to fix anything. His dry wit and friendship will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife, Julie; daughters, Teresa Sawyer and Denice (Lyda) (husband, Glenn) of Corvallis, Oregon and grandchildren, Shaunti, Rose and Jacob.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Don's favorite Veteran group: Project Sanctuary PO Box 1563, Granby, CO 80446 http://projectsanctuary.us/donate/ the Fraser Lion's Club Scholarship Fund or to the local charity of your choice.

Memorial services will be held at the Church of the Eternal Hills, 100 Meadows Blvd, Tabernash, CO 80478 on March 13th 2016 at 2 PM. Following the service, we would like to invite everyone to a reception in the Fellowship Hall organized by the friends of the family.

Service Details

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 2:00pm, Church of the Eternal Hills

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Dear Julie,

We are so sorry to learn of Don's passing, and will always remember him as an avid Eskimo leader who loved to share the sport of skiing.

Lots of Hugs,
Gene and Marilyn

Gene & Marilyn Raymond Mar 4 2016 12:00 AM


Annie just called with the news of Don. We are so sorry to hear you lost him.
We think of you often and remember our wonderful ski days together.

Susan and JP

Susan and JP Young Mar 3 2016 12:00 AM

Julie, so sorry to hear of your loss. Carol called with the sad news yesterday. She'd told me earlier of Don's cancer, and I knew it was very serious. I hope you can look back on the many wonderful adventures you shared, and draw some comfort from those pleasant memories. Your cousin, Ned

ned polk Feb 26 2016 12:00 AM

That big yellow Lions Club pancake trailer is going to miss one heck of a pancake flipper. The local Lions membership and community will miss Don. Sympathy and peace for you Julie.

Dave and Marcia Walker Feb 24 2016 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy, Julie. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I do know how hard it is and I wish you peace.

Hatty McGuire Feb 23 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Don's passing; what an awesome man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Julie.

Jill and Craig Stegner Feb 22 2016 12:00 AM


Sad to hear about Don. We didn't even know he had cancer. One of those strange things, driving to Denver last week as we passed along on 40 I remarked to Susan "what do you think Don and Julie are up to ?"

Our condolences and hope you are well yourself.

Dick and Susan Reed Feb 21 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Julie.

Our hearts go out to you loosing Don so early. Life is going to be different without your partner.
Maybe you Julie and I can get together for a nice walk in the near future.

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Jim and Rita

Jim and Rita Pech Feb 20 2016 12:00 AM

May our Heavenly Father, the God of all Comfort, bless you continually. May He shine His face upon you and be gracious to you all, lifting you up in the light of His countenance. Peace be with you all.

Deb Kohlwey Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. He is out of pain and at peace now, leaving those behind to grieve and to cherish all the memories of a happier time.
Hr will be sorely missed by many but his memory will stay behind and hopefully inspire many to follow his example.
Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Barb

Barbara Childers Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM