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Obituary: FITZGERALD, DON

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 25 2014 1:53 p.m. MST

Don M Fitzgerald1922 ~ 2011Don M Fitzgerald joined his Mom, Dad and brothers in heaven when he passed away peacefully in his home on 2 Oct 2011. In keeping with tradition, the boys will likely greet Don with a cold bucket of water, followed by a hot horse race. Don spent his 89 years on this earth herding sheep, breaking horses and teasing kidsusually all at the same time. His life's work was also his life's passion; he always said "it isn't work if you enjoy it." He taught those around him that work and play aren't mutually exclusive, and that you could be successful doing what you love with whom you love. He truly missed 'those old ewes' in his later years, but was proud to know he had instilled a tremendous sense of freedom and independence in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Don was patient, kind, and completely selfless. His greatest joy was in helping those around him and the desires of his family always came before those of his own. His life was filled with love and laughteralways and in all ways. Don was also a patriot and a leader, who always participated whole-heartedly in life. He served his country during World War II in the United States Navy, and helped mold his profession as Director of the Utah Woolgrowers Association. Don had many fond memories of his days with the Heber Riding Club as a member and director, and was also proud to have raised and raced several champion Chariot Racing Teams. Don was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was comforted knowing he was sealed to his family for all time and eternity. A time to relax found Grandpa outside teaching kids how to ride and rope or inside watching BYU sports. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma, his son, Steve, sisters LouAnna (Sterling) Anderson and Renee' (Dean) Johnson. Perhaps the light of his life were his grandchildren Crissie, Cory (Angie), Tom, Ashlee (Cory) Maki, and Betsy, and two great grandchildren Larell and Maddison. Happy Trails Grandpa. We love you and will see you soon.Funeral services will be held Thursday Oct. 6, 2011 11 a.m. in the Francis LDS chapel, 387 W Last Frontier Lane, Francis, UT. Viewings will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services, both at the LDS Church. Interment will follow in the Midway City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinhoopes.com In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Primary Children's Hospital by calling 801-662-5959 or online at www.primarychildrens.org