Donald George Schaefer

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Donald George Schaefer 1930-2010

Donald George Schaefer, 79, of Orem passed away Jan. 9, 2010 of a sudden illness. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and teacher who will be greatly missed.

Don was born Aug. 1, 1930 in Portland, OR to John Henry and Elva Mae (Lewis) Schaefer. He grew up in Northern CA, then attended the BYU School of Music where he met his sweetheart, Georgia Lea Bullock. They were married June 3, 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple. They spent their married years in Springville and Orem, UT. Together they enjoyed playing in the Utah Valley Symphony for 25 years with Don playing the trombone. Don taught band, strings and chorus in Spanish Fork and Springville schools. After receiving his second Master's Degree, Don was the media specialist at Payson High School for 23 years.

A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Don served in various callings throughout his life, including a mission to West Germany. He also served as a senior missionary with Georgia in the Tokyo Shibuya Mission.

Don is survived by his children, Mark (Laurie Clyde) Schaefer, Lehi; Marnae (Todd) Ballantyne, American Fork; David Schaefer, Mesa, AZ; Sharolyn (Mark) Wilkinson, Gilbert, AZ; 23 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Georgia, parents and brother Glen.

Don will be remembered for his kind and gentle demeanor, his patience and his love of music.

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