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2969 Baseline Road
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Donald Rivers

Donald George Rivers

Wednesday, June 13th, 1951 - Saturday, January 5th, 2019
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Donald George Rivers, 67, passed away January 5, 2019 in Lafayette, CO. Don was born June 13, 1951 in Rapid City, SD to parents Esther and Eanard Rivers.

Don received an Associates Degree in Surveying from South Dakota State University, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Masters of Science in Logging Engineering/Forestry from Oregon State University. He started his career as a Professional Engineer with the U.S. Soil and Conservation Service traveling through eastern Montana assisting farmers with small engineering projects. He transferred to the U.S. Forest Service where he remained for 36 years until his retirement in 2014. As a Logging Engineer, Don was assigned to the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Jackson Hole, WY and subsequently became the Assistant Regional Engineer for the Alaska Region of the Forest Service where he was in charge of logging, aviation and fire management. After 12 years in Anchorage and Juneau, AK, Don moved to the Washington DC office of the Forest Service working as an Engineering Manager until transferring to his final duty station in Lakewood, CO.

Don’s interests and hobbies included fishing, running, hiking, rafting, camping, golfing, sea kayaking, hunting elk in Wyoming and Caribou in Alaska, travel and gardening.

A loving son, brother, father and grandfather; Don was kind and patient, playful and told corny “dad jokes”. He was also a great friend and loved by all.

Don was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his mother, children; Donald P. Rivers, Jessica Spoeneman, Kelly Heath, Emily Rivers and Lian Rivers, grandchildren; Haley Spoeneman, Braden Spoeneman, Isaac Rivers, Mason Silliman, Lily Rivers and Audrey Heath and sisters; Myrna Landt and Loretta Hammerquist. He was also survived by Patty Rivers, his devoted friend and partner of 34 years.

A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at Greenwood & Myers Mortuary on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Interment will be at the Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City, SD.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Colorado Public Radio in Don’s name.
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    Thursday, January 10th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Thursday, January 10th, 2019 5:00pm
    Greenwood & Myers Mortuary
    2969 Baseline Road
    BOULDER, CO 80303
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Posted at 02:35am
I was very sorry to hear of Don's passing and, I'm sorry for the loss of him both in your lives and in all of our lives. Don guided the National Bridge program for the Forest Service for many years. We enjoyed his leadership, his humility, his sense of humor, and his logical approach to our needs. Though I was sad to see him retire, I'm glad he got to enjoy a few years of retirement. May the good memories you have of him sustain you in your loss.

Elise Bowne

Posted at 03:43pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. Don was a insightful, kind man, and it was truly wonderful getting to work with him.

Laura and Chad Vermundson

Posted at 07:05am
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Posted at 01:43pm
With loving memories of Don. We will all miss his warm smile and kind heart. May God be with him and you all.
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