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Donald Eugene Pugh was born August 7, 1947 to Warren E. Pugh and Leta C. Pugh. He was raised primarily in Holladay, Utah, but he spent three formative years in San Francisco, where he accompanied his parents who were serving as Mission Leaders in the Northern California Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After graduating from Olympus High School, he attended the University of Utah.
He later served a mission to Scotland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon returning home, he met the love of his life, Jane Hanseen Pugh. They were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on December 20, 1969. Don graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in business. He then attended Arizona State University, where he earned his Master’s in Business Administration.
Business became one of his passions. He joined the Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana upon graduation. After several years at Cummins, he returned to Salt Lake City, where he joined his brother, Lorin, and father, Warren, in the family business at Cummins Intermountain. After 13 years, Don was selected to be the Cummins distributor for the Northwest area.
Later, Don added another major business line when he became a distributor for Thermo King Transport Refrigeration. Don built Cummins Northwest into a successful business as president and owner. He later turned the Thermo King business over to his oldest son, Brandon, and nephew, JR Zundel. In 2011, Don and his two middle sons, James and Timothy, bought Thermo King Intermountain from his brother, Lorin. In 2020, the Thermo King Northwest and Thermo King Intermountain entities merged to form a new company, Peak Industrial. One of Don’s greatest joys was watching his family work together.
Don had a great love for all people, and he made many close friendships. Every person he met turned into a friend. Don once said if he had one talent, it was to surround himself with great people and let them grow.
Don had a life-long interest in music. He played the guitar in various bands as a young man and throughout his life. He enjoyed all kinds of music, and during his life he amassed a collection of both electric and acoustic guitars.
He had a deep involvement with the University of Utah. He served on the Institutional Council (now called the Board of Trustees), as a member of the Advisory Council, and on the Business School Board.
Don loved being involved in community service in Salt Lake City and Seattle. He helped start the Ouelessebougou Utah Alliance more than 35 years ago. He served as a member of the Seattle Sports Council, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and other groups and associations.
Don felt blessed to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of his favorite callings included serving as Young Men’s President, High Councilor, Bishop, and Stake President. He and his dear wife, Jane, were called to serve as Mission Leaders for the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission from 2006-2009 and as President and Matron of the Seattle Temple from 2010-2013. They loved their missionaries, temple workers, and patrons.
Don is survived by his wife, Jane Hanseen, and their five children, Brandon (Tajee) Pugh, James (Stacy) Pugh, Timothy (Melinda) Pugh, Anna (Seth) Furgeson, and Elizabeth (Jose) Castaneda. He is also survived by his brother, Lorin Pugh. Don and Jane have 18 grandchildren, who light up their lives.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Leta Pugh, his brother, Richard Pugh, his sister, Carol Matheson, and his granddaughter, Katherine Pugh.
He loved his wife, Jane, family, friends, and most of all his Savior, Jesus Christ.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 PM on Friday December 2, 2022 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building on 13006 Boulter Street, Draper, Utah.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11 AM at the Draper Corner Canyon Stake Center on 13366 S 1300 E, Draper, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9-10:30 AM at the Stake Center.
Interment will follow the services at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary.
For those unable to attend the funeral services in person, please see a zoom link below for the proceedings: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/WLbd8z4zjuFTirBxkPdbDldS398uua3ZP-P7n6WFURTxqaOHmp0GPZYsqoP3rW2P.ff8bJn4-2qviF6wW?startTime=1670088482000
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Freedom Church of Seattle.
Sending love and condolences to mrs. Jane Pugh and Pugh family. I will continue to pray for strength and comfort in Jesus name.
Our deepest sympathy on your loss
Don was one of those unique few who fulfilled excellence with Family, business and God.
We were blessed to know him and I was so fortunate to work with him at Cummins
We made a donation to the church in his honor.
May his legacy and blessings leave memories that create peace and happiness long after the pain of this moment subsides.
Greg and Susan Boll
19400 Apple Blossom Ln
Northville, MI. 48167
I am so sad to find out Our mission president has passed. I am so grateful for being able to get to know President and Sister Pugh. Sending love to you family at this time.
Our sincere condolences to your family and friends. Don was always a please to work with. He always had a smile on his face and his presence would light up the room. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
Dear sister Pugh,
My families, heart and prayers go out to you and your family. President Pugh what is an amazing person. He taught me so much as a missionary that later in my life has help me become a better person, husband, and father. I hope to take the lessons he has taught and continue to use them in my life and share them with my family. These things will stand as a testimony of how great he was and how truly blessed I was to know him. All of our love.
The Saari Family
Sorry for your loss hope you guys are doing okay
Dear Jane and Family
I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My love and prayers are with you.
I cherish the memories and friendship we shared, and count those memories as tender blessings in my life..
Don was such a force for good and leaves a legacy that has is truly remarkable.
Love to you all
Oh, Sister Pugh and family, we were saddened to hear of President Pugh's passing. I have wonderful memories of serving in the Seattle Temple you and your husband! You were so kind and positive to the workers, while we were trying to be perfect in our service. Yes, I remember President Pugh's delightful personality and I also remember Sister Pugh's personal interest and love which glowed in her countenance as she walked the halls of the temple. Thanks for the sweet Spirit you both brought to us!
Love, Jennifer and Mark Stringham
I am so sorry for your loss…. Please know that of the many prayers being offered for your family, i add mine as well. I love you and miss you. Your family has always been dear to me - and will continue to be as the years go on. May you be comforted and have peace in your hearts. May your memories be a blessing to your lonely moments.
Dear Jane and family, I am sad to learn that the best of men has departed early for missionary service beyond the veil. I cherish the personal time I had with him and with you in the Seattle temple, as well as private interview time in which my self esteem was reinforced and my sense of value was underscored. I am praying for you all in this sacred grieving process.
Dear Sister Pugh & Family Our deepest sorrows for your loss . He was a great man that taught me alot as a Missionary & many life lesson. Prayers for all your family & Friends . He was great example to me in my life.
Love Chris & Jessica Piercy
I am so sorry to hear about Don. He and Lorin hired me in 1981 at Cummins Intermountain and started me on a long prosperous career. When Don moved to the Northwest I stayed with Cummins Intermountain until Lorin sold the business in 2004. I then went to TK Corporate and had the opportunity to once again work with Don, Brandon, Jim and Tim until my retirement. Don was a good man and I know he will be sorely missed by his family and all of those that had their lives touched by him.
Gary and I wanted you to know that you and your family are in our prayers during this challenging time. We were heartbroken, like many others, when Shane shared with us the passing of President Pugh. We will always cherish the day we met both of you in Harrisburg, PA after Shane’s mission. President Pugh was such a great example of our Savior Jesus Christ to all he came in contact with.
May you feel the Lord’s tender mercies daily in your life.
Gary & Rosalyn Poole
Dear Jane and family!
So sorry for your loss! President Pugh was a very kind, relatable and dedicated servant of his Savior and Heavenly Father. It certainly is comforting to know that we will be reunited with our loved ones.
I just wanted to share a couple of experiences I had with him.
David and I both are forever grateful for President Pugh and yourself, making time from each other and family to officiate our wedding on Christmas Eve 1995. He was so kind and the Spirit was so strong. It will always be with us!
The other experience is of Don Pugh - Roger Jones, and fellow Bellevue 1st ward members and their rock and roll band! He was like a big kid with a huge smile on his face. It was a sight to behold.
I look forward to seeing him again someday!
David and I send our love and appreciation!
Jane... Colleen and I were saddened to learn of Don's passing. We remember how kind you two were to host a concert in your home where our daughter performed. Our son Blake and his family surely respected Don and appreciated the devotion you both have for the church and gospel. Don made a lifelong contribution wherever he served in both business and the church. He was made equal to his tasks because of you.
Robert and Colleen Bauman