Don William Densley was born on Thanksgiving on November 27, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah to William Melvin and DeVone Oliane Jensen Densley. Don passed away December 23, 2022 in the home he built surrounded by the family he built. He married the love of his life, Bonnie Lee Templin, on June 23, 1970 in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity.
Don graduated from the University of Utah in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree and Brigham Young University in 1980 with a Master’s degree. He became a high school science teacher, which he did for 32 years for the Jordan School District. He taught biology, geology, and environmental science at West Jordan High School. Anyone who knew Don, knew he was a “Fun-gi” and always cracking science jokes.
Don joined the Air National Guard where he was part of the 151st refueling squadron serving as a reciprocal engine mechanic then later a jet engine mechanic. He became the engine shop crew chief. This is where he gained his love for the smell of jet fuel and the sound of jet engines. He retired as Master Sergeant Densley after many years of service.
Don’s other passions were boats, Lake Powell, and red sand. He was his happiest when he was the captain of his boat and teaching others about boating safety. He was a volunteer member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary where he taught the boating safety course and participated in maneuvers and complimentary safety inspections for boats waiting to launch.
Don was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and enjoyed his many teaching callings. He also enjoyed taking the Young Men and Young Women boating and pulling them on the skibob. He loved any excuse to “drag kids around the lake”.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie and his three daughters Mindy Densley, Heidi (Jeff) Lins, and Wendy (Dan) Downs. His nine grandchildren Avery, Kenzie, Ian, Porter, Macks, Simon, Jacob, Bethany, and Piper. Also, by his brother Steve (Cheryl) Densley, sister Sharon Sugaya, and sister-in-law Elaine Densley. He is preceded in death by his parents William Melvin and DeVone Oliane Densley; brothers Paul (Lenore) Densley, Art Densley, Bruce (Karen) Densley, and brother-in-law Sho Sugaya.
A viewing will be held Thursday, December 29, 2022, at Goff Mortuary from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 8090 S. State Street, Midvale, UT 84047. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 30, 2022, at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mt. Jordan 6th Ward 9331 South 300 East, Sandy, Utah 84070 with a viewing prior from 10:00 am – 10:45 am.
A special thank you to his care team at Encompass Hospice, especially his nurse Val and aid Jen, they are truly angels on earth. “Adios Amoebas”
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