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Donald Thomas Edvalson

October 18, 1931 - May 14, 2012

Donald Thomas Edvalson, age 80 passed away of causes incident to age, Monday May 14, 2012 surrounded by his loved ones. He left this earthly life to join Doris, his “Sweetie Pie and love of his life”, that preceded him in death March 23, 2006. Don was born, October 18, 1931 in Ogden Utah to Merlin and Josephine Edvalson. He lived a long, happy and productive life in the Ogden area. Donald proudly served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War and remained a patriotic supporter of military causes throughout his life. Don also lost his brother and closest friend, Carrol Edvalson during that same war. Upon returning home from duty, Don worked in various jobs but found his career working at Hill Air Force Base as an electronic technician where he retired in 1987. In 1957 he was introduced to Doris J. Thompson and it was love at first sight. The two were married on May 26, 1957 and remained happily married for over 48 years. They raised a blended family from previous marriages including Darrell and Roger McBeath and Thomas and Dona Edvalson (Applonie). This happy marriage included a lot of camping, hunting and fishing throughout Utah and the western United States. After retirement Don and Doris traveled extensively in their motorhome. They spent their winters in Yuma, and Apache Junction, Arizona, and their summers in Star Valley, Wyoming.During the last several years, Donald became very active in the LDS church where he served as a Ward Mission Leader, High Priest Group Secretary and a faithful Home Teacher in the Lomond View Ward. He completed the temple work for his family and they were sealed together in January 2008. Don had a keen mind and was very innovative in trouble shooting just about any mechanical or electrical issue. He was very good with his hands; he could build anything and was very creative with very little means. He was the dad that could fix anything. Don was a very kind man with a gentle spirit. He was loved by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sons Darrell McBeath of Mesquite, Nevada; Roger (Barbara) McBeath of Ogden, Utah; Thomas (Joy) Edvalson of North Hills, California; and daughter Dona (Scott) Applonie of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He has 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren who will always remember their “Papa”. A private graveside service will be held by the family.

 

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Born: October 18, 1931
Died: May 14, 2012

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Bob and Wanda Loftis posted on 7/31/12

July, 30, 2012. We think of Don every day, and we miss him. Maybe writing this will give us some closure. there wasn't a service so we could say goodbye to him. We became good friends when he decided to come back into activity and do his Temple work. It was a very happy day for him when we watched him sealed to his beloved wife and family. He came to our house many times to work on projects. When I decided to help a deserving family and paint their house etc.. he participated and fixed their electricity problem. He went up in our attic and tried to fix an antenna. He came to dinner. He called often. Bob and Don were home teaching partners and best friends. When he fell and broke his hip....it was our home he called for help. How could we not miss such a great friend. We drive past his house several times a day...in his old 25 year old car. (bright red, mint condition, and less than one hundred thousand miles.) It has been a blessing, since we let someone drive one of our cars and it was totaled by a deer coming down from the hills during the forest fires. Now we really do need Don's car. We appreciate it more because it was his.We don't know if anyone will ever read this, but we needed to say good bye to him, and express our love to him, and let you know that there are a lot of people who benefited from his love, kindness and friendship.

 

Dolly Oare posted on 5/30/12

Don was a very special friend and brother. He will be remembered and loved always.

 

Jack and Darlene Thompson posted on 5/29/12

To Our Brother(in-law),When my sister married Don , we not only gained a brother-in-law but good buddy.For the first several years of our relationship we lived in California and our time together was limited to the several trips a year that we would make to Utah or when they would come to California to visit. Our trips here usually meant going fishing and camping which conjures up visions of sitting around the campfire enjoying some of Don's "grape juice"or listening to Don and Darlene sing duets or watching him chase Tinker (their white poodle) through the campfire ashes! We enjoyed freezing to death all cramped up in their camper listening to the thunder and the rain pound the camper roof.In the later years, after we moved to Utah, we "trailered" together to California,Colorado, and Arizona.where we settled in for the winter months in an RV park. We danced, golfed, did all those fun things our kids would not have believed we did, We will miss you Uncle "FUD."

 

Thomas Edvalson posted on 5/22/12

Don is now with his best friend Carrol....he was so sad when we talked about Carrol...he cried and wondered what life would have been like if Carrol had not been killed in Korea. They were truly the best of buds! This flag is for the both of them......they are together now!

 

Shirley Dennison posted on 5/21/12

Dona Jo, Tommy, Darrell, Roger, and Barb: I'll always remember Don's droll sense of humor and his infectious laugh. I still have the picture of me sitting in Doris' rocking chair the night Margaret and Tom got married, and I had too much of his delicious cherry wine! Just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.love,"Aunt" Shirley

 

Charlotte Thompson posted on 5/20/12

Thinking of you all... Tommy, Dona Jo, Roger, Barb. I always liked the quiet person Don was. He was always so nice and will be missed.You're in my thoughts,Charlotte

 

Donna Mae Anderson Hess posted on 5/20/12

My parents Clara and Henry Anderson were great friends of Merlin and Josephine Edvalson and spent much time with them at their home and our home, therefore, I spent time with Carrol and Donald as children. We would play board and card games. I attended the Memorial for Carrol. Donald and he were great buddies. There were two other older brother, Raymond and Fred. I guess they have passed on. My condolences to Donald's family.

 

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