Donald J Firth, 89, returned home to his Father in Heaven and eternal sweetheart on November 2, 2023.
Don was born in Strawberry, Utah to Herbert Julian and Alice Ivy Firth. He was one of seven children and loved his upbringing on the family farm in Duchesne. He graduated from Duchesne High School in 1951.
Don met the love of his life, Jean Jensen, at the Great Salt Lake Resort “Saltair” in the summer of 1953. They were later married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 3, 1955. They were married for 61 years until Jean’s passing in 2016.
Don proudly served his country in the United States Army from February 8, 1954 to February 7, 1957.
Following his service, Don was employed by Chevron Oil Co. from June 1957 until he retired in October 1992. After 35 years of employment, he enjoyed his retirement by staying busy with various projects, particularly creating intricately designed tables using wood from all over the world, a craft in which he took great pride.
Don enjoyed hunting, camping, and fishing, a passion he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was also a passionate collector of various items including a large hat collection and many wonderful nativity sets. During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, he was honored to take a role as a volunteer and was very proud of his contribution to the historic event.
Don was an avid golfer who loved the sport. He spent countless hours on the course with friends, family and even shared the joy of golf with some of his older grandchildren. He took his hobby to the next level, making and providing loved ones with custom golf clubs. In his retirement years he worked part time at the Riverside Golf course in Riverdale for many years.
He was a loving husband through health and through sickness, earnestly caring for his wife in her final years. He has missed her dearly the last seven years, visiting the cemetery often, tending to her gravesite with decorations for every holiday and personalized tokens for every special occasion. It’s a comforting thought to know the two are reunited along with their youngest son, Brian, who unexpectedly passed recently.
Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean; his son, Brian; son-in-law, Roger Berry; granddaughter, Erin Berry; parents, Herbert and Alice; brothers, Boyd and Hal; and sister, Enid Price Wagstaff.
He is survived by three of his children: Sandra (Gary) Couch, Gregory (Monica), and Susan Berry; daughter-in-law, Calley; sisters Julia Harvey, Lela Richens, and Lila (Galynn) Oaks; 16 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, November 10 at Legacy Park Stake Center, 2024 S 1475 W, Syracuse, UT. A visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, November 9 at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 N Main Street, Farmington, UT and on Friday, November 10 from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to services. Interment at Syracuse City Cemetery.
Loved ones all over the world are welcome to attend the service which will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.