PARK CITY — On Nov. 25, 2010, Donald Greene, our loving father, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend passed away after a long battle with emphysema.
Dad was born on Sept. 20, 1938, to Marshall (Bey) and Sara (Francis) (Lierow) Greene, in Valley City, N. D. Don spent his early years in Billings, where he attended Senior High School. He earned his GED in 1958 while he was in the Navy. He never attended college but was always grateful for how well he had done in life.
Dad believed in hard work, loyalty and commitment. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1955 and completed four years of service to his country. He served in Alameda, Calif., with the Transport Squadron VR-2, and Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served the Patrol Squadron VP-22, and was later deployed to Kodiak, Alaska. In 1960, Dad began his 30 year career with Mountain States Telephone and continued working as the company grew into Mountain Bell and finally becoming US West. He had a fulfilling and rewarding career before retiring in 1990. Finding retirement a little boring, he returned to work for Ericsson Inc. in 1995 until he retired for good in 2000.
In his younger years Don would spend his summers and weekends in Park City, Montana working on the Lierow farm. This is where he met Beth Marie Killion. Don and Beth married and raised their 3 children together in Park City, Mont.
In 2000, Dad became a new man with the birth of his first Granddaughter Cassidy. In 2001, his joy grew as he welcomed the additions of his Grandsons Chrystian and Bucky. In 2006, he was present for the birth of yet another Grandson, Nathan, and in 2007 Marshall added to his happiness by becoming the 4th Grandson in Dads growing family. Dad was excited to hear the news of a new Grandaughter arriving in March of 2011.
Though Dad enjoyed his Grandchildren most in life he always had fond memories of his yearly "hunting" trips even though he often came back home empty handed. He loved spending time at Castle Rock fishing or simply spending time outdoors. Once he was unable to travel far you could still find him up at Pop's Inn for his morning cup of coffee.
Don was proceeded in death by his parents Marshall and Sara; and his brother- in- law Dick Pleinis. He is survived by his son Allen L Greene and his son Chrystian; daughter Renee ( Keith) McAlpine and their three children, Cassidy, Bucky, and Nathan; his daughter Teri (Travis) Goracke their son Marshal and their soon to arrive daughter. Don is also survived by his three sisters, Sharon Reynolds, Susan Pleinis, Sally Merrill; a brother Marshall Greene, and special friend Mary Lindell.
We were all fortunate enough to say goodbye and you will always be in our hearts. You will be greatly missed Dad, we love you.
Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel in Laurel with internment to follow at Park City Cemetary.