Don­ald Kolling


Don­ald Eu­gene Kolling passed peace­fully from this life at 6:30 a.m. on Mon­day, Nov. 21, 2016, sur­rounded by his wife and fam­ily in his home in Payson, Utah. His death was sud­den but not un­ex­pected. We are grate­ful that he lived as long as he did de­spite health chal­lenges.

Don was born June 5, 1931, in a farm­house on a hill out­side of Abi­lene, Kansas. Born to Al­bert E. Kolling and Ma­bel A. Ross, Don spent his child­hood and youth as a farm boy in the same area. Af­ter he grad­u­ated from Abi­lene High School, he joined the Ma­rine Corps. His mil­i­tary ser­vice in­cludes the Korean Con­flict. Don mar­ried Au­drey Marie Thomas, who he met hitch hik­ing, on May 22, 1953. They raised their chil­dren and spent most of their mar­riage in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, re­lo­cat­ing to Utah in 1982.

An ac­tive out­doors­man, Don loved fish­ing more than any­thing, although he re­fused to eat fish. He en­joyed camp­ing, read­ing, ge­neal­ogy, mu­si­cal the­ater, good movies and mu­sic. Blessed with a won­der­ful bari­tone voice, he trav­eled with his school choir and sang in church choirs. Our home was filled with mu­sic, from Sousa’s marches to the calypso of Harry Be­la­fonte and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. He played sev­eral in­stru­ments by ear. His friendly, help­ful na­ture was well suited for a sales ca­reer, and he spent most of his work­ing years sell­ing auto parts both whole­sale and re­tail.

Don was a mem­ber of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. He watched the Payson tem­ple rise from the dust and, when it fi­nally opened, served as a tem­ple worker along­side Au­drey un­til his fail­ing health pre­cluded it. He was also an ac­tive mem­ber of Al­co­holics Anony­mous for 36 years where count­less men and women ben­e­fited from his ser­vice and wis­dom. Af­ter re­tir­ing, he served for sev­eral years with the Se­nior Com­pan­ion Pro­gram where he as­sisted se­nior cit­i­zens with er­rands, vis­its and friendship.

Fam­ily was ev­ery­thing to Don. He trav­eled many times to Kansas for fam­ily re­unions, most re­cently just this past July. He loved his kids and grand­kids and was in­ter­ested in all their ad­ven­tures. Af­ter many years apart, Don again mar­ried his only true love, Au­drey, on Sept. 19, 2011. The last five years have been sweet as we have watched them love and sup­port each other and en­joy their fam­ily, once again to­gether for­ever. Dad was a gen­tle gi­ant, and we honor him for his pa­tience, his ten­der lov­ing ways, his hu­mor and wit, and his ex­am­ple of self­less ser­vice.

Don is sur­vived by his wife, Au­drey; chil­dren Ken­neth (Carolyn) Kolling, Rox­anne (Alan) How­ell, Lawrence Kolling and Denise (Daniel) Ray; sib­lings Everett (Rhea) Kolling, Larry (Deanna) Kolling, Ted (Mar­garet) Kolling and Martha (Bill) Olson; 16 grand­chil­dren and 21 great-grand­chil­dren. He was pre­ceded in death by his son Dou­glas Kolling, sis­ter Delores Rider and his par­ents.

Fu­neral ser­vices were held Nov. 29, 2016, in Payson. In lieu of flow­ers, Dad re­quested sim­ple do­na­tions be made to Wounded War­rior Pro­ject or MADD. These are the two char­i­ties he es­pe­cially cared for.

*** Our sol­diers have nobly fought to pro­tect free­dom since our coun­try’s birth, and have fought to pro­tect those that could not pro­tect them­selves, even in for­eign lands when called upon. - John Lin­der

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