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

  1. Sandy and family, Gene and I were so sorry and surprised to hear about Don’s death. Know that our prayers are with you all and available if you need anything.

  2. Rand says:

    Sandy and Family;

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Don was what I aspire to be remembered as: A good ol’ boy. I can’t think of any higher accolade. Don always made me laugh and I think I did the same for him. He was very special and will live forever in the hearts of those he touched.


  3. Jeff Troop says:

    It was with sorrow that I heard from prior work associates at Harbor Construction that Don had passed away. I did not work with or know Don as long as others, yet I truly enjoyed and value the time I did work with him. Don was an eternal optimist, he had a perpetual positive attitude and it rubbed off on those he worked with. When I left Harbor Construction, it was with the best wishes of Steve and Don, they understood that I was making a positive move for myself and wished me well, there were absolutely no animosities and very much reflective of Don, and Steve, and the way they treated others, personally and professionally. I spent many times talking with Don in the back of the office, he always talked about his beloved family and a lot of talk about the San Francisco Giants. I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan and have thought often of both Don, and Steve, the past 2 years. Giants beating the Cardinals in the 2012 NLCS and Red Sox beating the Cardinals in the 2013 World Series. Thank you for all of my good memories Don and I know you will be watching from above when the Cardinals win the World Series in October!!! Jeff Troop

  4. Joan Pease says:

    We were very sorry to hear of Don,s death.He was a wonderful man. Love, Dick Engebrecht and Joan

  5. Vic & Tracy says:

    Sandy and family, We have so many great memories of times spent with Don and you. You have become part of our family and our hearts and prayers go out to you. We are all on this journey and one day we will all be together again to laugh and reminisce .
    God Bless
    Vic & Tracy

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