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1936 Don 2024

Donald L. Rasmussen

April 15, 1936 — June 24, 2024

Don L. Rasmussen, age 88, passed away peacefully at home on June 24, surrounded by his family. 

He was born in Fillmore, Utah, to Lawrence Rasmussen and Veta LaRue Jensen, the third of seven children. He grew up on his family’s farm in Flowell, UT. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and family gatherings. Later, he became an avid gardener. In high school he excelled at sports, especially football, which enabled him to attend the College of Southern Utah on an athletic scholarship. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from Utah State University and a Master’s Degree from American University.

He was Chief over Farm Programs in a loan division of the Department of Agriculture. He described his job as challenging and interesting. He enjoyed helping people become self-reliant. 

He married the love of his life, Lynne Wilkins, on July 25, 1962 in the Manti Temple. Throughout their 62-year marriage they sought activities they could enjoy together, including square dancing, golfing, bowling, attending Jazz games, and vacationing together. He was devoted to Lynne, and cared deeply for each of their seven children. 

He enjoyed serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, doing things such as working with Cub Scouts and organizing neighborhood emergency preparedness programs. He especially enjoyed being a caretaker of Piuta girls camp with Lynne, and considered it a highlight of his life. 

He often wrote letters to the editor which were published in the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, expounding on political and social issues. He wrote an autobiography in 2007, and recently wrote and self-published a novella titled, Apocalypse:Why Am I Still Alive? 

He lived a life of integrity, hard work, loving his family, serving his community, patience in adversity, and perseverance. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynne Rasmussen; his children, Glen Rasmussen, Dale (Andrea) Rasmussen, Terry (Ana) Rasmussen, Dee Lyn (Timothy-deceased) Stovall, Jana Lee (Bruce) Orchard, Coni Sue (James) Cutler, and Kasey (Michelle) Rasmussen; 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Carol (Grant) Frandsen, Gae (Gary) Dean, Dr. Grant (Melba) Rasmussen, and Jean (Bill) Jackson.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Georgia (Leland-deceased) Birch, and Myrle Dean (Bruce-deceased) Bown.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 at the Bountiful South 14th Ward building located at 1500 South 600 East Bountiful, Utah, where a viewing will be held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services.

Graveside service will be at Fillmore Cemetery on Monday July 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary Live Facebook page and this obituary page.

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