Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Donaciano and Floriencia (Martinez) Lujan, he was the second youngest of six children. At a young age of 14 his mother passed away and he came to live in McGill, NV with family. Learning early in life how important working was, he was a jack of all trades, working as a self taught mechanic and always held two jobs to support his family. In 1954 he married his wife of 60 years, Inabelle. He went to work for KCC Copper in McGill for 29 years working his way up the ranks and retiring with his last position of Boiler Room Engineer. He and his wife moved to Casper, WY for eight years retiring from Getty Oil. Afterwards, he went back to Nevada for a few years working at various companies in Ely: Hyland Motors, Murdock Metal and Paint, White Pine Motors, Norcross Service, Richfield Service Station and Placer Dome. He was also licensed and certified through P&H Shovel for heavy equipment.
At age 53 he received his GED from White Pine High School. He was a member of the Ely Elks Lodge 1469 for 38 years wearing the titles of Tyler, Inter Guard, and Chaplin. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Other hobbies included go-cart racing and stock car racing. He also always enjoyed building and remodeling his home in McGill.
He moved to Great Falls, MT for a final retirement, but continued to work daily with wood working projects, magic, and church activities. He found a passion and much joy in magic. He loved making his own tricks and figuring out how others worked. Don loved performing for all, especially the Boy Scouts, and young children at birthday parties and seniors. He was very proud that the International Brotherhood of Magicians acknowledged his work and published an article on his self made tricks in their magazine.
Don had a great love and relationship with The Lord. He received both his Aaronic Priesthood and Melchizedek Priesthood.
He is preceded in death by four brothers, one sister and both parents.
He is survived by his wife, Inabelle (Beveridge) of Great Falls, MT; children, Timothy (Susan) Lujan of Ely, NV, Marie (David) Morris of McGill, NV, Therasa (Gary) Deschenes of Great Falls, MT, and Donna (Manual) Madrid of Sacramento, CA; grandchildren Selina and Jonathan (Lujan), Robert, Heather and Meranda Nicholes (Harrison), Bryanna Richards, Nichole Hruska and Colt Deschenes, and Rebecca, Joey, and Felicia (Madrid); eleven great grandkids; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home. Interment to take place at a later date.
The family would like to thank the wonderful people at Cambridge Court for their recent care of Don.