Don was born December 19, 1930, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Elmer Jennings and Marie Viola Hartvigsen. He passed away on November 4, 2020, at the age of 89. As a child, Don lost part of his left hand in an accident. However, he was a determined person and never let it stop him from accomplishing the things he wanted to do. After graduating from Davis High School, he attended Weber State University and the University of Utah where he received a degree in Elementary Education. During his early life, Don spent his summers working on the family farm near Downey, Idaho. Don served an LDS mission in Norway, where he served with his brother Jay as a companion for a time. He married Dorothy Green on August 2, 1957, in the Logan, Utah Temple. Together they had 5 children: Susan (James) Allen, Tom (Carol) Hartvigsen, Ann (Joe) Sumsion, Michael Hartvigsen, Robert (Louise) Hartvigsen. They have 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren: Matt (Patricia Rodriguez) and Clara Allen; Emily Allen; Adam (Lilli), Ethan, Laurelei, and Bella Hartvigsen; Luke Hartivgsen; Jacob Hartvigsen; Abby Sumsion; Jodi Sumsion; Samuel Hartvigsen; Kathryn (Preston) Bee; Benjamin Hartvigsen; Joshua Hartvigsen.
Don was very active in his church and worked for many years teaching Elementary School in Davis County. When not teaching school during the summer, he worked with the Boy Scouts of America at East Fork of the Bear camp and Camp Tracy. After retiring, Don and his wife Dorothy enjoyed traveling. They were able to travel to many locations in the United States and Europe. The Oregon coast was one of their favorite places, and they went there many times.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Marie; wife Dorothy; brothers Jay, Ned, Paul, and Dale; and his sister Anna Jean. Don is survived by his brother, John (Deanna); sister, Shirley (Wayne) Harris; sisters-in-law Jean (Ned) and Jill (Dale); brother-in-law Frank (Anna Jean) Brown; and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.