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October 19, 1928 to September 10, 2020- Donald 'Don' William Kurtz was born in Oakland, California to Eva Medirist Glendenning and Frank Peter Kurtz.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Donald William KurtzDonald "Don" William Kurtz was born in Oakland, California to Eva Medirist Glendenning and Frank Peter Kurtz. He graduated from Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte

High School in 1947. His education was interrupted by his

service for two years in the United States Armed forces during the Korean War where he served as a Corporal. After leaving the Army, he worked in Alaska for

two years, saving his money, to continue his education.

He attended Pasadena City College and L.A. State

College where he earned a BA in Special Education and

later obtained his Master's.

Don met his wife, Carol, in 1954 and they later

married on his birthday in 1956. They had three children

and raised their family in Yorba Linda, California.

When their children were grown Don chose to retire

from teaching early and moved to Big Bear Lake,

California, where they owned and operated Timber

Haven Lodge. After 14 years Don and Carol decided

to retire to Sandy, Oregon to be closer to their oldest

daughter Chris, where they enjoyed traveling, square

dancing and grew to be more active in their faith and

became very committed Christians attending Good

Shepherd Community Church in Boring. In Don's last

years he was very passionate in his faith and love for

Jesus. His favorite catch phrases were, "It's just Jesus"

and "It's all about Jesus".

Don and Carol had a very full and rewarding life

together, married 64 years. He was a wonderful, loving

and devoted father, family man who loved to hug.

Don died very peacefully and comfortably,

surrounded by his children, wife and grandchildren.

He is survived by his widow, Carol, his three children,

Eric, Chris and Lisa; six grandchildren; and 14 great

grandchildren. As his family we take great pleasure and

peace in knowing that our father is now in the arms

of Jesus and we will see him again one day. A private

graveside will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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