Iris Society Member Passes Away

Don Petersen Nebeker passed away of causes incident to age January 22, 2019—a week short of his 99th birthday. He lived long, loved much, and traveled far.  He was a graduate of West High, (SLC, UT)  and the University of Utah. He served in WWII as a bombsight technician in Seething, England with the 448th Bomb Group.  After surviving the war, he became a cabinet maker, general contractor, and finally an elementary school teacher in the Jordan and Davis school districts.

Don served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life. From building church buildings and grain elevators to serving multiple stake and regional missions, he was always busy doing good.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Jesse Nebeker and Gertrude Helena Petersen, his siblings; Ida Rubadore, Leo Jesse, Mary Venetta, Roy David), Ray George, and Gertrude Rosella. Our mother, and Don’s wife, Kay Carpenter passed away in April, 2014.  He is survived by his four children; Don Charles, Jerilee Brimhall, Paul, and Gary.

Don’s legacy of new iris flower breeds attests to his love of the flowers. He named many of his creations after his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Utah Iris Society and loved and appreciated the life-long friendship of the Society members.

The good and compassionate caregivers of the Veteran’s Affairs clinics and especially by Superior Home Care and Hospice, and the Sandy Rehab and Care Center supported Don’s final years. Their loving and caring services over the past several years added dignity and quality to his life. You are all much appreciated.

Don had an eventful, well-spent life.  A celebration of it will be held on his birthday, Tuesday, January 29th  from 6-8 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 160 E 4600  Murray, UT 84107.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your home remolding project fund. Dad would love that!

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