Donald Willard Reed

Don Reed

Don Reed

Donald Willard Reed was born on January 11, 1929 to Levi Albert and Rhoda L Reed.

He was the youngest of 10 children.  He left this earth on October 20, 2013.  He had a stroke nearly 10 years ago that dramatically changed his life.

Don Married the Love of his life, Shirley Elizabeth, on November 4, 1950.  They were blessed with 5 beautiful children.

Don was always a hard working man.  He worked at Utah Ice and Storage and as a janitor at the school while he was in High school.  He worked in the car industry doing various jobs for many years before moving to Ely in 1962.  After moving to Ely, he worked at Junction Motor then White Pine Motor before he and Marion Diullo started Valley Motor in 1967.  In 1978 Don, Shirley and their children started Reed Inc.  which developed into many entities, including  the R Place food stores.  The family enjoyed working together for many years.

Don loved Ely! He was always looking for ways to serve the community and help make it better for everyone.  He served as a City Council member, Chamber of Commerce president, the Charter President of the Kiwanis club in Ely.  He served in various positions in the LDS church, touching the lives of both youth and adults.  Don loved growing his beautiful white beard and playing Santa Claus to the delight of the children.

Don is survived by his wonderful wife of almost 63 years, Shirley, his 5 children, Duane, Donnell (Steve) Doty, Bryan (Sandra) Reed, Bart (Madeline) Reed, and Diane (Larry) Metcalf.   23 grand children, and 36 Great grand children.  He is also survived by one brother, Jim (Janet) Reed, one sister, Katherine Height, numerous nieces and nephews.

Don’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Maggie O’Brien and Donna Hansen for the wonderful at home care they have given to Don.  These ladies made it possible for Don to live at home.

Services will be Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:00 am with a visitation at 10 at the LDS Stake Center in Ely.  Immediately following the funeral Don will be interred in the Ely City Cemetery.

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  1. I will miss grandpa until the day we meet again. He was a wonderful person and he and grandma always made me feel loved, like I had a real family here. I am thankful for all the wonderful memories and will treasure them forever.

  2. Don Reed and Family have been so good to me in so many ways. When I first moved to Ely as a single mom with 5 kids, they gave me a job at KELY. I moved to a home on the terrace and when I moved from there while waiting for my home to be finished, they helped me move to a trailor, to a basement storrage and then to my home. So 3 moves in one year. The whole family pitched in to help. When I had serjury, each one of the Reeds brought me a meal each day. Don picked me up on the Pioche Hwy when my car broke down with my then three kids with me. Don and family showed great patience with me at my days at KELY. I have GREAT love and affection for the Reed family. Don Reed was a Great man, and I will always feel love for him and his family.
    Marcie Adams

  3. I will miss you grandpa. I love you

  4. Donnell, I said a prayer for you and your family. May the good Lord hold you in His arms now and always.


  5. Vicki Green says:

    A good man has gone home. My love to you, Shirley, and members of the family. May you all be comforted and at peace knowing he is out of pain and in a better place.

  6. Joe Petrelli and Mari Petrelli says:

    To Shirley and the entire Reed Family:
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Don’s passing. We have many fond memories of Don and being your neighbors on Murry Street. Don was a man who lived life to the fullest, an intrepid entrepreneur, a true gentleman who upheld family and community values to the highest degree. White Pine County was truly a better place because of his focus and vision. Please accept our sincerest condolences at this time.

  7. Bob and Nell Torp says:

    Reed Families, may Heavenly Father continue to bless each of you and give you HIS comfort knowing that one day you will all be blessed to be together again. GOD answers all our prayers and is faithful to HIS Word. Our church has been so blessed to have each of you in all the services you volunteer for. JOHN 3:16

  8. Terri Massey Weythman says:

    I have known Don and his family since I was born. Shirley and my Mother Ella Marie were friends since they were 2. The 5 Reed kids and my brother and I grew up like family. Duane thought we were related when he was 12, we were so very close. Don had the most wonderful smile and laugh. I can recall many wonderful times spent with Don and the family. I just was looking online at the Ely paper to see if all was well, and just today found this. I know Don is watching over his family and his devotion to them will continue until they all meet in Heaven again. And so will we. Thank you Don for the wonderful memories of you and your always present kindness to me.

  9. Santiago Morena says:

    Great-Grandpa Reed was a great and kind person. I have nothing but good memories of you and the times we spent together. I love you and will always continue to remember you.

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