In Loving Memory of Don Carrel Reynolds
A man of remarkable character, Don was born in San Mateo, California on January 22, 1943 while his father was serving in the US Navy, and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 5, 2023 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. His life was marked by a profound sense of duty, dedication, and a deep love for his family, community, and faith.
The oldest of five kids, Don grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from Granite High School. Known to most as Donie, he loved to spend time with his two grandpas fishing or taking care of horses.
Don's journey of service began when he selflessly served in the Vietnam War, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to protecting the freedoms we hold dear. His sacrifice and bravery during this tumultuous time were a testament to his patriotism.
Together with his beloved wife Maurine, Don founded his own company, DMR Excavating. This endeavor not only provided a livelihood for his family but also created a place where his children could work alongside him, fostering a sense of unity and a strong work ethic that would shape their lives.
Don cherished spending time with his family above all else. His presence at family gatherings and his genuine love for each member of his ever-expanding family created bonds that will endure for generations.
Don's dedication to his faith was central in his life and inspired those who knew him. He served in various capacities within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Don cared about individuals, especially seeking those struggling, influencing many people in his church service, including time as bishop of the Millcreek 6th Ward and as a member of the Salt Lake Millcreek Stake presidency. In all his service, Don found particular joy with the young men and scouts, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of countless youth. Don earned the esteemed Silver Beaver award for his lifelong contributions to the scouting community. The joy of service continued in later years where he served for over two decades as a temple worker, including the Palmyra New York Temple Mission. Don experienced deep spiritual growth and increased humility through his eleven years as a stake patriarch, offering spiritual guidance and blessings to countless individuals.
In his spare time, Don cherished moments spent with his family, creating lasting memories through camping adventures and soccer tournaments. He embraced the outdoors and nurtured a love for the beauty of nature, instilling this appreciation in his loved ones.
Don Carrel Reynolds will be remembered as a man of integrity, a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather, a faithful servant of God, and a true patriot. In celebrating his life, we are reminded of the profound impact one person can have on their family, community, and faith. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know him, and his legacy will continue to inspire us to live lives of love, service, and dedication.
Don is survived by Maurine Casto, his cherished wife of over fifty years and their loving children: Valisa Facer (Joe), Morgan Reynolds (Holly), Launi Sue Newman (Tom), Carrel Kiel (Ryan), Alex Marchena (Suzi), Jared Reynolds (Adriana), John Reynolds (Stephanie), Jamee Mack (Ben), and Staci Blomstedt (Jason). Don's legacy extends even further through his 36 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His surviving sisters, Jo, Jacque, and Jeannie also share in the grief of his passing. Don was preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley and Rosetta Marvelle Reynolds, two grandbabies, and his two younger brothers Wesley and Marty.
A memorial service to celebrate Don's life will be held on Saturday, September 9th at 11:00 am located at 4220 South Jeannine Drive (420 E), Millcreek, UT 84107. A viewing will be held at the same location on Friday, September 8th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, prior to the services from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
If you would like to watch the funeral service online, please click on the blue "Watch Services" button above. Those wishing to view the Completed Services can follow the links: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/fIdQmeI0k3R-oufKJwLoZIzaJuaPxRSHF7TtvrpDIhDF1IkJcpGXO6GZUGi1TE3F.bI-bVAKYjwMJTTqb?startTime=1694277490000
Don was an integral part of my childhood alongside Maurine. They have a special way of making you feel like family, and I always enjoyed spending time with them. Time passes too quickly and I'm so sorry for your loss of this great man. My condolences to the family.
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a tremendous influence in my life and he taught me many life lessons that I will always cherish He’s definitely one of the good guys!
Our prayers are with you at this time.
Jared, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my father about a year ago, and I know what a hole that can leave. I trust that you are carrying on his memory and the things you learned from him. I know I frequently hear my own voice and think my dad is speaking just because I say so many things he used to say. I know he was proud of you because I know what a remarkable person you are. Please know that I will be thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.
So sorry & sad for your loss! We won’t be able to come, due to Travis’s retirement celebration this weekend. Sending love & prayers your way…
Lamentamos mucho tu pérdida. Oraremos por su descanso eterno y la fortaleza para ti y tu familia en estos momentos tan difíciles. Al paraíso lo lleven los Ángeles. 🕊️
My most beautiful Aunt. I love you and your family so much. Thank you for loving me. I send my prayers and love.
Today, a temple worker told us of a Brother Reynolds, who had died. I told her of my 1st cousin who was an ordinance worker, then later checked online to find this obituary.
I have passed the obituary on to my extended family.
I remember my wife, Jennifer, and I being in Don and Maureen's home with all the pictures of the children. What a blessing. May the Comforter be with the family at this time of separation, knowing that future reunions will be joyful. Don and Jennifer Reynolds
My heart goes out to you at this time.Don was an incredible human being.He was always kind ,helpful .He was good to me and to my children.A real "salt of the earth man".I admired and respscted him .I looked up to him as he always set a good example of Christ like love and service for his fellow man.He was always working on something or most often helping others with projects they couldnt do alone.Don loved the Lord our Savior Jesus Christ.He loved the gospel .His was a light upon a hill.I will miss seeing him at the temple and going out to grab a bite for dinner with Maurine.He came to our rescue during a very challenging time of our lives.We will always remember him fondly and we will miss him.We do belueve that we will see him again one day.Until then he has a place in our hearts.Our dear true friend ,Mr.Don Reynolds .Rest in peace..Maurine our prayers are with you always.We love and care for you very much.You are family to us.Please let us know if there is anything that you need or anything that we could do for you.Sincerely with our love,The Kiger/Velasquez family:Kay,Margie,Ana and Natasha.