Don Reed

Don Reed

Donald Willard Reed was born on January 11, 1929 to Levi Albert and Rhoda L Reed.

He was the youngest of 10 children.  He left this earth on October 20, 2013.  He had a stroke nearly 10 years ago that dramatically changed his life.

Don Married the Love of his life, Shirley Elizabeth, on November 4, 1950.  They were blessed with 5 beautiful children.

Don was always a hard working man.  He worked at Utah Ice and Storage and as a janitor at the school while he was in High school.  He worked in the car industry doing various jobs for many years before moving to Ely in 1962.  After moving to Ely, he worked at Junction Motor then White Pine Motor before he and Marion Diullo started Valley Motor in 1967.  In 1978 Don, Shirley and their children started Reed Inc.  which developed into many entities, including  the R Place food stores.  The family enjoyed working together for many years.

Don loved Ely! He was always looking for ways to serve the community and help make it better for everyone.  He served as a City Council member, Chamber of Commerce president, the Charter President of the Kiwanis club in Ely.  He served in various positions in the LDS church, touching the lives of both youth and adults.  Don loved growing his beautiful white beard and playing Santa Claus to the delight of the children.

Don is survived by his wonderful wife of almost 63 years, Shirley, his 5 children, Duane, Donnell (Steve) Doty, Bryan (Sandra) Reed, Bart (Madeline) Reed, and Diane (Larry) Metcalf.   23 grand children, and 36 Great grand children.  He is also survived by one brother, Jim (Janet) Reed, one sister, Katherine Height, numerous nieces and nephews.

Don’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Maggie O’Brien and Donna Hansen for the wonderful at home care they have given to Don.  These ladies made it possible for Don to live at home.

Services will be Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:00 am with a visitation at 10 at the LDS Stake Center in Ely.  Immediately following the funeral Don will be interred in the Ely City Cemetery.