Capelle, Donald Gene
March 3, 1931 – January 5, 2016
Don passed away peacefully on January 5, 2016. He was born March 3, 1931 in Anderson, South Carolina. He completed his undergraduate work in Engineering at Clemson and his Masters and PhD in Transportation Engineering at Texas A&M. For over 42 years, Don was a highly respected leader in highway planning and design and traffic engineering. He was a great mentor to many in the industry and made a huge contribution to the world of transportation in particular to high occupancy vehicle facilities. He had a lifelong love of woodworking and leaves his family and friends with many of his beautiful creations. Beloved husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Joanna; his children, Chris (Michelle), David (Brooke), Diana (Brian); his grandchildren Josh, Jordan, Donovan and Charli; and his dog, Margo.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at Geneva Presbyterian Church, 24301 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92653 on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Don served on the Property Committee at Geneva for many years and there are many examples of his woodworking throughout the building, so in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Don’s name to the Geneva Presbyterian Church Facilities Improvement Fund at the address above.
Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 17, 2016