Donald E. Des Jardin

Donald E. Des Jardin

March 14, 1939 - March 03, 2014

Donald E. Des Jardin

March 14, 1939 - March 03, 2014


Donald Edward Des Jardin, 74, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014, surrounded by his entire loving family at the UCI Medical Center, located in Orange, CA, after a brief illness.

Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra Des Jardin; Sons- Bradley and Scott Des Jardin; Daughters- Denise Archer and Deanna Archer; Sons in Law- Jim Archer and Jon Archer, Daughter in Law- Denyse Des Jardin; Grandsons- Ryan Des Jardin, Colin Des Jardin, Kyle Archer, Kris Archer, Kenneth Des Jardin, Colby Archer; Grandaughters- Kaylee Archer, Melissa Des Jardin, Addison Archer, (in laws) Natalie Archer, and Angela Des Jardin; Great Granddaughter Mikayla Des Jardin. He is also survived by brothers Gerald, Lawrence and Phillip Des Jardin, and Mother Margaret Des Jardin, who resides is Palm Desert California.

Don was born in Ajo Arizona, to Myrel and Margaret Des Jardin on March 14, 1939. He was preceded in death by his father Myrle and his brother Richard Des Jardin.

Don grew up in Redwood City, CA where he attended Mt. Carmel Elementary School and graduated from Junipero Serra High School in 1957. Don entered the Navy after high school and served his country for four years. Don studied civil engineering at Heald College in San Francisco, CA.

Don began his construction career at Rudolph and Sletten, a general contractor in Mountain View California, as a project engineer and then estimator. Don moved to Reno Nevada where he worked as chief estimator for McKenzie Construction and Vasko and Associates before opening the Nevada office for S.J. Amoroso Construction, where he worked for over 20 years. Don opened the Southern California Offices for both SJ and DJ Amoroso before forming his own company, Harbor Construction, in 2003. Don loved his work and was there until the day he entered the hospital.

Don and his wife Sandy loved to travel and were able to see the world together. Their favorite place is Mexico where they spent many holidays with their children and grandchildren. Don and Sandy built their dream home in Lake Forest, where they enjoyed time on the lake with their family and many friends.

Don was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed; especially for his jokes.

Donations can be made to The American Cancer Society,, in his honor.

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24 responses to Donald E. Des Jardin

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  1. Bryan Whalen says:

    I guess what I remember most about Don were his corny jokes, playing cribbage at lunch and being one tough dude ,.. especially on bid day! The best times we had were debating politics probably because not to many people are as conservative as we are. Thanks for all you did by giving me a job and fond memories. God bless! Bryan Whalen

  2. Dave Amoroso says:

    from when we reconnected we always had so much fun, from business to travels……..thanks, don

  3. Dave Amoroso says:

    to my best friend from when we were 14 years old……while we had some gaps in out lives, don will always be remembered for making me laugh ………sadly..dave amoroso

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