Donald William Gardner


Grand Junction, Colo., resident Donald William Gardner died Sept. 13, 2003. He was 56.

Gardner was born June 14, 1947, in Ft. Collins, Colo., to Clarence and Harriett (Mills) Gardner.

Gardner was raised on a dairy farm and attended schools in Ft. Collins, graduating from high school there in 1965. He then attended college in Sterling for a year, later attending and graduating from Northrup Aeronautical School in Englewood, Calif.

He married Debra Bell in June of 1971, and to this union three children were born Kimberly, Melisa, and John. They were later divorced.

Gardner married Diana F. Davis on Dec. 17, 1983, in Craig. He owned and operated Quality Automotive Service for 23 years. In December of 1997, they moved to Grand Junction. While there, Gardner worked on restoring classic cars and most recently worked as a mechanic for the Colorado Department of Transportation. He enjoyed his work as a mechanic and loved classic cars, snowmobiling, firearms, music, as well as raising roses, and working in his yard in Grand Junction.

Gardner is survived by his wife, Diana Gardner, of Grand Junction; daughters Kimberly (Trent) Atkins, of Raleigh, N.C., and Melisa Perry (Phil Harris), of Denver; a son, John Perry, of Denver; grandchildren Griffin Shane Atkins and Ryan Matthew Harris; sisters Ruby (Conway) Irick, of Craig, and Doris (Herb) Kamerzell, of Ft. Collins; and a brother, Maynard (Ruth) Gardner, of Brighton.

Gardner was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Zelda Harper; and a brother, Harold Gardner.

Services were Sept. 18, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with John Ponikvar officiating.

The selection was "Let It Be" by the Beatles.

Pallbearers were Ken Meyer, Chris McLeslie, Dale Clark, Nate Talkington, Bill Bingham, and Dennie Ovenden.

Honorary pallbearers were Joe Harper and all Don's loving family and friends.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

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