April 9, 1934 – Dec. 18, 2015
It is with great sadness that the family of Donald Awtrey announces his passing on December 18, 2015. He passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife, Terry, of 32 years by his side. He had been battling cancer for 17 months. Don was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, all of Sunol, CA. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, and friend. Don served proudly in the Army for 2 years active duty during the Korean War era and then 6 years of reserves. He received his BA degree and teaching credential from Southeastern State College in Oklahoma and his MA degree from the University of Oklahoma. His teaching career spanned 3 states and 46 years. He retired from Livermore Valley Unified School District in 1994 and went on to substitute for 11 years with the Manteca Unified School District. Don treasured his children Janet(Steven), Sara(Bryan), Danny(Dixie), Beth, and Gina and his 9 grandchildren Elizabeth, Caroline, Kara, Lauren, Sophie, Daniel, Kathryn, Aaron, and Gracie. They were all the best part of his life. He never lost his positive attitude throughout his illness. He was a remarkably kind and caring soul. Heaven must have surely welcomed him with open arms. His star shines brightly on us all and he will be greatly missed. The memorial service will be private but donations may be made in his memory to the or to the Tri-Valley Retired Educators Scholarship Fund: c/o Faye Younker, 1792 Old Tower Rd., Livermore, CA 94550. Interment is at the Sacramento National Military Cemetery in Dixon, CA.