Donald HamiltonMay 7, 1932 ~ September 24, 2018 (age 86)
Donald Ray Hamilton, born May 7, 1932 in Hoehne, CO, to Robert M. and Gladys I. (Hawkins) Hamilton, lived his entire life thoughout Colorado, passed peacefully September 24, 2018. As a youth, his family moved to Olathe, Cedaredge, and later Paonia. As a young man he joined the Navy and served in the SeaBees where he learned life long building skills. After Don was discharged from the Navy, he farmed on Minnesota Creek near Paonia and it was there that he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Ashmore, and was married Nov. 10, 1956. He often claimed that his mother-in-law, Dora Ashmore, whom he admired greatly, had been the match maker that got them together. Their children, Susan and Steven, completed the family. Don moved his family to Denver for a short time, then to Minturn, where he was a carpentar for many years. Don and Elizabeth moved to Canon City after her retirement, and he continued to practice his trade. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2006 and Elizabeth passed in 2007. Don continued to live in Canon City until health issues made it necessary for him to move to Colorado Springs to be closer to Susan.
Don was a dedicated family man and provider, as well as an unpretensous man who stood by his principles. Honesty, hard work, integrety and respect were values that he practiced in his life and expected from those around him. We always knew where we stood and what our Dad and Grandpa thought, but have also embraced these traits that he instilled into our lives. Don's four granddaughters and three great grandchildren were a source of joy in his life. He loved taking the girls fishing and attending their events. The 'little kids', as he referred to great grandchildren, could always expect hugs from Grandpa and admiration of the many pictures they colored for him.
Don was an avid fisherman and enjoyed weekend camping and fishing trips to lakes and streams with his family. He taught us all how to fish, from threading the worm onto the hook to gutting the fish to frying up the catch. Many special memories remain from those trips. He and Elizabeth later enjoyed traveling throughout the the Western states, visiting places they'd never been, but always on the lookout for a good fishing hole.
Don built many homes and remodeled countless others during his career as a carpentar, including homes for his family. He had a knack for taking an otherwise rundown house and turning it into a home for those who resided there. He was also an accomplished cabinet maker and strove to construct high quality products. Walking into a new building with him always started with a visual survey of the structure with comments on what had been done well and what needed adjustment. Susan and Steven both currently live in homes that their dad had a hand in constructing.
Born a farmer, Don always enjoyed that aspect of his life, from raising apples, alphalafa, sheep and cattle during the early years to a robust garden in later years that fed many friends, family and even gave neighborhood animals a treat. He also grew beautiful flowers, peonies, iris, roses, petunias and zinnias. His yard in Canon City was a source of pride and joy. He passed his love of growing plants and raising animals to his children and grandchildren. His grandkids and great grandchildren always loved a visit to Grandpa's garden where he helped them pick beans, zuchini, corn, cantalopue and berries.
Don was a faithful Bronco fan, something he caught from Elizabeth! He enjoyed old movies and TV shows, especially westerns and John Wayne. He liked the oldies but goodies when it came to music, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bing Crosby, Dolly Parton. In younger years, he and Elizabeth enjoyed Saturday night community dances. One of Susan's recent favorite memories of her dad was his contented enjoyment of the music during a visit from the music therapist.
Don was preceeded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth; his parent;s and sisters, Betty Jean Moyer and Barbara Pasic. He is survived by his children, Susan Bergquist of Woodland Park and Steven of Gunnison; as well as his grandchildren Sara Selimi of Buckeye Arizona, Kelsey Linford and her children, Elizabeth, Noah and Sophia of Falcon; Tara Hamilton of Woodlin, CO and Morgan Hamilton of Canyon, TX. He will be sorely missed by family and friends alike.
A Memorial Service will be held October 13, 2018 at 2 pm in the Serenity Room at Brookdale Sklyine, 2365 Patriot Heights, Colorado Springs, CO. Internment of ashes will take place at a later date at Cedar Hill Cemetary, Paonia, CO. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Brookdale Hospice, 7222 Commerce Center Drive, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.