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Donald (Don) Gilbert Linke

Donald (Don) Linke, 89, of South Ogden, passed away at home Sunday,  April 26, 2020 of congestive heart failure with his wife by his side. A private family service will be held soon and a celebration of life in the future.  Arrangements have been entrusted  to Aaron’s Mortuary.

Don was born in Wheatland, ND on August 26, 1930 to Hubert and Margaret Linke.  He excelled in farming, football, and was a graduate of Castleton High School.  After 13 years service in the military, Don went to Los Angeles and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from  Northrup Institute of Technology.  Don held leadership positions for the Air Force Air National Guard, North American Rockwell, and TRW / Northrop Grumman. In addition to his work with Air Force aircraft, Don led critical testing efforts for the TRW-built Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft, which launched in 1973 and left our solar system in 1990. 

Don met his wife Hazel Ann Johnson in Fargo, ND at the roller skating rink and they were married on August 28, 1954 at Richland Lutheran Church in Walcott, ND.  During his life, Donald was active in the Lutheran Church, recently a member of Ascension Lutheran Church.  Don and Hazel Ann lived most of their first 20 years together in California, moving to Utah in 1975 where skiing became a core family activity. 

Don loved the outdoors, he was a fishing guide at Bear Lake, an avid hunter, he played tennis, bridge and square danced.  He loved supporting the Weber State Wildcats and the SLC Jazz.  He enjoyed gardening, his begonias were a joy for many.  

He volunteered for curling during the Winter Olympics, and the Winter Paralympics at Snowbasin.   He was a significant blood donor at St. Benedict’s Hospital.  On April 21, 2018 in La Jolla, California during a ceremony honoring Don Linke’s military service at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, Don said, “... I am humble and grateful for my life and the people who have looked out for me.”  

Don assisted many and his grandson Jared was the light of his life.  Because Don survived many successful heart procedures, he intended to donate his body for research to the University of Utah but the current world health situation prevents it.  Don repeatedly advocated his family make smart financial decisions.  He was dedicated, respectful, honest, eloquent, funny, and sincere.  And to Don’s family, his most common phrase, stemming from his love for them was to “Beeeeee Careful.”  

Surviving are his wife Hazel Ann of South Ogden, daughters Nancy Linke (Richard Patton) of La Jolla, California and Karen (Theodore) Beauregard of Salt Lake City and grandson Jared (Dalila Castro) Beauregard.  Surviving sisters Marjorie Scherbinske and Ruth Linke and preceded in death by his brothers Fred and Lester Linke.  

Memorials for Don may be sent to Richland Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 6143 172nd Ave SE, Walcott, ND;  Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports, PO Box 1193, Eden, UT 84310;  Dr. Edward Miner Cardiovascular Research/Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, 5169 S. Cottonwood St. Ste 520, Murray, UT 84107. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.aaronsmortuary.com.


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Dear Karen:
I was so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I just wanted to reach out and let you know I am thinking about you and your family. Im sorry for your loss.
Your friend,

tcoles@dsdmail.net May 7 2020 12:00 AM

Hazel, we as a family are all so sorry to read about the passing of Don. You, Don and our parents shared so many wonderful times together and have been so important in our lives. Your family will be in our thoughts at this time of sorrow. Much love, Doug and Janet Ross, Ralph and Kathy and Rob Stegen and our family.

Janet Ross May 5 2020 12:00 AM

I am so proud to say I have been best friends with Don for over 44 years. In all that time, I must say, I have never met a more genuine person. He was always there for his family, he was always there for his friends, and he was always there for the Lord. I know where Don is right now because he was a faithful servant throughout his life. He had faith in God, and in everyone he met throughout his life.
To Hazel Ann, Nancy, Karen, and Jared, I am sure you knew his love for you. I send you my condolences, but I also know that you are still loved by him and will be forever. His time here is over for now, and he is not here for us to see and talk to. But, he is doing eternity things now, and God will put his many talents to good use. God be with you and may you find comfort in knowing that he rests in peace.

Hank Philcox May 5 2020 12:00 AM

Our condolences to you, Hazel, and your family at this time. We remember Don with great affection. He was a wonderful guy. You both make such a wonderful couple! Jerry and Jo Anne Burgess

Jo Anne Burgess May 4 2020 12:00 AM

Hazel, our hearts are saddened with the loss of Don. So many fun times were shared between you and Don and our parents through the years. Don was always so gracious and kind to our entire family. Please know that you are in our thoughts. The family of Robert and Junice Stegen

Janet Ross May 4 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Hazel
May God form a circle of love around you and your family to give you His peace and comfort during this difficult time. I have always loved you and Don dearly . His spirit of humility and kindness is admirable! Love , Lori Carver Wheelwright

Lori Carver Wheelwright May 4 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Hazel, Nancy and Rip, Karen, Ted and Jared. My deepest condolences with Don's passing. I have always regarded Don as a special friend. I will always remember and treasure our numerous visits in Don's driveway over the last several years - as well as the love and support that he and Hazel gave me after Wendy died -and how welcoming both of them have been to Ann now that she is in my life. My very best to all of you at this time.
Lee Sather

Lee Sather May 3 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Hazel Ann, Nancy, Karen, & families
I extend my deepest condolences during this time of grief. I am continually thinking of all of you and praying for strength during this difficult season.

Fond thoughts of Uncle Don will always be deeply rooted in my heart. I know I am not alone when I say that I am feeling a huge loss. Regrettably busy lives and responsibilities, coupled with the distance between our homes, kept us apart and limited the physical time we were able to share together. Even with that being the case, I've always looked upon Uncle Don with the highest regard and consider him to be the "Rock of the Linke family". I am forever grateful that he modeled the qualities of a humble and godly man; how to love unconditionally, to live fully, to passionately seek to do your best, and how to encourage and uphold others.
Although we did not see each other often, Uncle Don always made sure to reach out on special occasions. Such a simple action, but it meant the world to me. Even now it brings a smile to my face and laughter to my soul when I think about him calling and singing Happy Birthday to me each year. So while singing was perhaps not one of Uncle Don's greatest talents on earth, I feel confinement his voice is now beautifully blending with the Saints that have gone heavenbound before him.

With love always,

buzzlooks@yahoo.com May 3 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Don for many years at TRW which then became Northrop Grumman. He was one of the finest gentleman I've ever met. Always upbeat, courteous and very bright. We worked on different programs, but every time he'd show up in our office for a meeting, it was a treat. Judy and I send Hazel and the family our deepest condolences.

Ron Gault

Ron Gault May 3 2020 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Don's passing. We enjoyed many years of playing couple's bridge together and the challenge of trying to set Don's favorite bid of 3 no trump.We valued his friendship and will always remember his kind, gentle manner. Peace be with you, Hazel Ann.

Don & Diana Huntley May 2 2020 12:00 AM

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