Donald Fred Wescott

 

Donald Fred Wescott ("Pop”) was born in Santa Barbara, CA October 19, 1921 to parents, Loyd Wescott and Hazel Cazier Wescott. He was one of seven children, deceased, Elmo Wescott, Zelma Hays, Raymond Wescott and Leroy Wescott; living, Joan Hubanks and Betty Randozza. He departed this mortal life Dec. 30, 2005. Donald graduated from Berkeley, CA High School and Sierra Jr. College in Rocklin, CA. Early in his life he worked as a house painter and decorator in his fa­ther's business, a profession which served him well throughout his life. He served in the military for 18 months in the US Army near Manilla in the Philippine Islands dur­ing the later part of World War II. In July of 1941 he married Ruth Frances Tarter. Donald attended the College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, CA and San Francisco College of Music through the G.I. Bill of Rights. Donald moved his family to Auburn, CA where he built several family dwellings and was employed as the City of Auburn Building Inspector. He then became a building contractor and developed Wescott Court, a project of which the family was very proud. Donald used his natural talents and the skills learned at arts college to build theatrical sets and create many craft projects throughout the years. In the 1960's he became a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Auburn Ward Bishopric. He served as a Stake Drama Director and was a chorister and choir director in several of the 25 wards he lived in. In 1973 Donald and his wife, Ruth, were called on a three year Building Mission to Belfast Northern Ireland. He continued his chapel building in Winchester and Croydon, England. In 1985 they served in the Minnesota/Wisconsin Mission. They returned to England in 1987 to serve a one year Geneal­ogy Mission. They also served for three years as hosts at the Joseph Smith Building in down­town Salt Lake City. They then served in Chicago on an Education Mission in 1990 and later a Farm Maintenance Mission in Paducah, Texas. Those many years of missionary service were the happiest in his life. His past eight plus years' service in the same Temple Sealing group was also a great blessing. His joy today is his large family, his friends, his temple work and his many fishing memories. He had such love for little children, for music, for corn beef and cabbage and ham and beans. His was a simple life, but a full one. He will be missed by friends and fam­ily far and wide. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; and children, Merrilee Ruth (Ron Swickard) of Harlowton, MT, Donald Fred Jr. (Lynette) of Layton, UT, David Lloyd (Paula) of Rexburg, ID, Julie Ann (Michael Archer) of Sandy, UT; 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grand-children. The family would like to thank the following people, Dr. Corbin Clark, Dr. David Breding and assistant, Ashley; Oncology Team, Dr. W. Nibley, Dr. G. Litton, Dr. G. Miller, and his assistant, Mike Gaffne; nurses of Alta View Hospital, 5th floor nurses at Cottonwood Hospital; and CareSource Hospice. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 2, 2006, 12 noon at the Sandy Utah Crescent Park Stake Center, 11350 South 1000 East. Interment will follow at the Elysian Burial Gardens later in the week.