- November 17, 1935 - December 11, 2012
- Hinkely, California
of Donald 's Passing
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“Please accept my sympathies on your loss. My thoughts are with all the family at this difficult time. Todd
1 of 6 | Posted by: Todd Young
“Dear Flo and Family,
I am so saddened to read of Don's passing!! He was such a fun and outgoing person. I have many many wonderful memories of him...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Ann Wilkerson - Scottsdale,, AZ
“Have a lot of happy memories because of Don. Seems like yesterday. How time flies.
3 of 6 | Posted by: Lynn Burns Morris - Hinkley, CA
“Sure will miss you. Lots of great memories of friends, family, and the river.
4 of 6 | Posted by: Cathey Smith - AZ - Sister in law
“My Grandfather was the most giving, loving and compassionate man! He was fun too! I will miss the Indian leg wrestling matches that had him winning...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Brandi Iden - Barstow, CA
“Those we love remain with us, for they live on in our hearts.......Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad.
6 of 6 | Posted by: Joyce Brady - Barstow, CA
Donald Ray Wetterman has gone fishing. On December 11, 2012 he passed into God's Hands ending a happy and full life.
Don was born in Waco, Texas November 17, 1935. He joined the Marines at 17, and while stationed at MCLB Barstow, he met Nola Rae, married and they settled in Hinkley to start their family. He worked hard to provide a home, working civil service as a firefighter, and farming and driving a "beer truck" during his 24 hours off. He became a Volunteer Firefighter in the 1950s, and was instrumental in establishing the Hinkley Fire Company where he was promoted to Fire Chief, inspiring a family tradition.
Following his retirement, "Captain Kemo" made Havasu Landing his home. Don enjoyed fishing with his wife "Flo", and family and friends were always welcome at the River. Everyone enjoyed hearing stories of his wild youth, as the champion leg wrestler and tough guy, while teaching them to bait a hook. His grandchildren will always remember fishing with "Papa."
Don is survived by his wife Florine, son Donald and wife Mary of Estancia, New Mexico, son Tom and wife Jeanne of Mountainair, New Mexico, daughter Catherine, son Robert and wife Denise, daughter Julianna Heggenberger and husband Tony, sons David and Joseph, all of Hinkley, California, grandchildren Patchen, Julianna, Cody, Jackie, Joni, Buddy, Colton, Rainna, and Grant, great-grandchildren Bailey, Clayton, Madison, Payton, Westin, Wyatt, Bryce, Fayth, Skyler, Alyssa, Blayne, Jena, and Matthew, and brothers ' Arthur Carl and Harold Wayne of Texas. He is also survived by four stepchildren, Vickie Hill, Susie Potter, Bobby Miller, and Karen Daniels, nine step grandchildren, eighteen step great-grandchildren, and many more foster children, family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife Nola Rae, grandson Tucker and several lifelong friends
We will always cherish the loving memories we have of Don. Have your next round on him!
Join us in celebrating Don's life on Monday, December 17, 2012. Viewing will be at 10:00 am and Funeral Service at 11:00 am at Mead Mortuary, 36930 Irwin Road. Graveside service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Park, 37067 Irwin Road.