Donald DOVE

Donald Lloyd DOVE

Sunday, July 12th, 1931 - Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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Donald L. Dove
DOB 07-12-1931 – 08-05-2020
Donald L. Dove was born in Hotchkiss CO to Elmer L. and Margaret I. Dove July 12, 1931.
He attended school in Hotchkiss and graduated in 1950. He played clarinet in the high school band and was president of the Student Body his senior year. He was active in football, basketball and track. When he was a senior playing football their team took state championship. This was really a high light for him while he played football. He chose Western State College to go to school, so he could play freshman football. At the semester he transferred to CSU in Fort Collins to finish his freshman year.
Don joined the navy in August 1951. He went to Camp Pendleton for his boot training. He served on the USS Marsh Destroyer Escort ship & received the rank of EM2 electrician. He was honorably discharged in August, 1955.
Donald married Bernita A. Dunn October 2, 1954 in Long Beach, California at the United Methodist Chapel. From this marriage they had two children Cynthia and Russell.
Donald’s career was in the coal fired electric generation Plants. His first job was with the Western Colorado Power & Light Company in Durango at the Power Plant for two & half years. He transferred to the Montrose Power Plant for another two & a half years. When they started staffing the new Nucla Station owned by Colorado Ute Power & Generation Company (a new company). It was operated by Western Colorado Power and Light. He transferred to Nucla. Power Station. He was there for five years. Then transferred to new Hayden Power Station start up. He was there for six years. Then the company asked him to go back to Nucla Station as Plant Manager. He was there for 22 years.
His hobbies were to hunt, fish and golf, water & snow skiing, traveling, camping with family & friends and playing bridge & other different games with family & friends.
He joined the lions club in 1968 in Hayden CO. The club was reorganizing & he was elected first VP 3 months later the President moved away, that made him the President. It was just before State Convention in Durango, CO He wanted to know more what Lions was about so he went to the convention to learn. After that they did several projects for the city.
After moving back to Nucla, CO, he organized two new Lions Cubs. He loved serving the Lions Club & giving back to his community in many different ways.
He was District Governor 1998-1999.
His most loved state and community service project was to the Colorado Lions KidSight Program. He was the state Co-chair of Lions KidSight vision screening. In 2004 Jack Beckfield & Don took over the State program & it is the best Lions Project today..
Donald retired in 1992. Then they moved to Grand Junction in 1994.
He is preceded in death by: his parents Elmer and Margaret Dove, brother Orlan Dove and sister Audrey Dailey.
He is Survived by his wife, Bernita, daughter Cynthia Jones of Delta CO and Russell Dove ( Renee) of Farmington NM. 4 grand sons 1 grand daughter & many great grand children.

In lieu of flowers donate to the Colorado Lions KidSight Vision Program, 8200 S. Quebec St.#A3-704 Centennial , CO 80112. or Hope West, 3090 B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Celebration of Life services will be at Redlands United Methodist Church on Thursday August 13th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. & at Veterans Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Members of the church please come to the 9:00 a.m. services because of Covid-19 rules.
Preferably that all Lions could come to Veterans service at 11:00 a.m. because of Covid-19 rules.
Redlands United Methodist Church is providing Livestream on YouTube.
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 9:00am
    Redlands United Methodist Church
    527 Village Way
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  • Interment

    Veterans Cemetery of Western Colorado
    2830 Riverside Parkway
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    Thursday August 13th at 11 A.M


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