Don was born in Oakland, Calif. He worked all over Southern California then planted his roots in Torrance as a manager for the Food Retail Clerks. His job entailed him traveling to various Lucky stores covering Torrance, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach, and Southgate.
Don’s main passion was restoring old Chevys and Ford trucks. His break from it all was to go fishing and tell tall tales with the guys. He also enjoyed science fiction novels and singing old songs (he had a beautiful voice.)
Don moved to KRV in the late ‘80s. He came here to retire and fish after having two heart attacks, bypass surgery on his 50th birthday, and being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease; this combination gave Don an early retirement, so to speak.
How Don loved life; he was great at telling jokes, making people laugh, and he was a great listener.
While retired, Don became a grief counselor here in the valley after losing his wife to leukemia. He became a friend to many in the community.
Don is also remembered for drinking a Diet Pepsi faster than anyone on the planet.
Don came to know Christ in 2010, attending church with his wife, Jeri. He was baptized in 2017.
When not telling jokes, Don was usually a quiet person; when he had something to say, it was something of importance/value. Even his grandchildren would hang on his every word.
As his Parkinson’s progressed, Don became more limited in what he enjoyed doing. To this, he and his wife would travel to the coast and go wine tasting, enjoy good food, go dancing, and visit comedy clubs.
It brings immense comfort to family and friends to know Don is now home with the Father and is once again walking, fishing, singing and dancing, and telling jokes.
Don is survived by his wife, Jeri Horenstein; sister, Janet Norris; daughter; Sharrie Gash; son, Nicholas Gash; step-son Matthew D. Chapman and step-granddaughter, Danielle Chapman; four grandchildren: James Bristol, Jessica Gash, Vanessa Gash-Stennis, and Curtis Kerner; 12 great-grandchildren: Paige, Elijah, Lilyane, Emma Marie, Noah, Jeremiah, Liam, Josiah and Wyatt.
The celebration of Don’s life will be held on December 22, 2018, at the Weldon United Methodist Church, 20021 Hwy 178 in Weldon, at 11 a.m. Don and his wife welcome all those who knew Don to come and share, sing, laugh and feast.