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Donald Ellsworth Anderson

November 23, 1931 — December 17, 2022

Donald Ellsworth Anderson

Donald (better known as 'Pop') Ellsworth Anderson left his legacy on December 17th, 2022. Pop was born November 23, 1931, in Evanston, WY, before moving to Ogden, UT. Pop had 7 siblings, all equally as strong willed as himself.  Pop was always a warrior, starting work at the young age of 8 at the bottom of two-bit street as a shoe-shiner at the Union Station to provide for his family. Pop joined the military as a young teenager, flying over many countries and seeing the world.

While stationed in Japan during the Korean War, he met the love of his life - a beautiful, young, Japanese woman named Ritsuko "Windy" (better known as ‘Granny’) Katsushima, waiting for the train on the busy streets of Tokyo. The love they formed was celebrated on their 71st wedding anniversary this year.
In true fighter fashion, Pop could never sit still, working his way from his humble beginnings as a shoe-shiner, veteran, and wild rider of buckin' broncos, to a seasoned entrepreneur who wasn’t going to work for anyone but himself. He and Windy are pillars in their community having successfully started and owned several businesses including the beloved and historic Japanese restaurant, Windy's Sukiyaki, a staple here for fellow Ogden locals and Utahns. When he wasn’t hard at work, he loved to fish, hunt, golf, and most of all, he loved to love his family; always offering support and a quip.

Pop and Granny have 3 daughters (who all inherited his fire and wit), 7 head-strong grandchildren, and 4 amazing great-grandchildren. All will miss him dearly, with an irreplaceable void.

Up until his last breath, Pop was a fighter. He cracked jokes and was quick-tongued. Towards the end of his long and well-lived life Pop struggled with his heart, but he never let it dull the fire in his belly.

We will miss you Pop, your legacy lives on in all of us for generations. Thank you for teaching us all to be fighters.


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