Donald James Wright

Donald James Wright

May 18, 1930 - February 27, 2024

Donald James Wright

May 18, 1930 - February 27, 2024


In loving memory of
Donald James Wright

Donald James Wright, age 93, passed away on February 27, 2024, in Lake Forest, CA, after a courageous battle with the complications of a stroke.

Don was born May 18, 1930, in Kewanee, Illinois, to Grace and Horace Wright.

While in Illinois, he played basketball at Lyle and enjoyed playing drums. In 1944, he and his mother travelled across country to Burbank, CA, to join his father, who had been discharged from the Army. He graduated Burbank High School in 1949.

During his high school years, he played Varsity Football in the positions of Leftfield, Backfield and later Running Back. It was said that he ran like “Crazylegs Hirsch”. Don sang in the choir for three years and played trumpet in the High School Band.

After graduating, he worked for the City of Burbank until he joined the Navy in 1950. Boot training was completed in San Diego where he was then assigned to the U.S.S Genesee, stationed in Hawaii. Later, he spent 1-1/2 years on the U.S.S. Hooper Island. Don was proud to serve his country and proud of his time with the Navy.

Discharge came in 1954, at which time he rejoined the City of Burbank. In 1969, Don joined the Orange County Sanitation District as a Senior Construction Inspector. Don later worked for consulting firms, building sanitation treatment plants in Sweetwater, Carlsbad and Escondido. He assisted in the construction of the Blue Line Metro Rail in Long Beach. Don continued working for various cities; Poway, Mission Viejo, Fontana, Irvine and Laguna Beach.

Don loved God, family and friends. Whether he and his father were bowling on City leagues or golfing for fun, he cherished those moments.

Don is survived by his partner, Evelyn Logsdon; three sons, Michael Lawrence, Timothy James (wife Gretchen) and Steven John; grandchildren, Briana Michaele Garcia (husband Andy), Justin Lawrence (wife Tracy), Marc James, Daniel Timothy (wife Meghan), Steven John Jr., and Sabrina Nawal; great grandchildren Cailee Michaele Garcia, and Kole Anthony James Wright; and his sister, Elizabeth Hathorn.

Don’s life was about faith, love, hope, resilience and courage. He is deeply missed, but the memories will forever be a source of comfort.

A memorial service honoring Donald James Wright will be held at noon, Saturday, April 6th, at Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point.

Don said he liked to make people laugh – which made him so endearing to others. He was a man who never hung onto negativity and would quickly forget any disagreements. He took much enjoyment from tackling any home project even if he never attempted it before. He would not hesitate to ask questions on how to accomplish his next project by asking the “old timers” in hardware stores. Nothing was beyond anything he could not learn to do.

He said he enjoyed waking up in the middle of the night to feed his children when they were babies and helped out with their care wherever he could. He was coach in his sons’ little league, built tracks in the house for their toy cars and had fun tossing them in the pool. He would talk about having his boys all jump in the pool at the same time while trying to catch all of them to ensure their safety.

He was a man who enjoyed life – golf, tai chi, lifting weights in the gym up until the age of 89, bowling leagues, building things around the house, and maintain and fix anything around the house.

Don was a successful man as he knew how to enjoy life.

Memorial Ceremony

  • Date & Time: April 6, 2024 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Dana Point Harbor
  • Location: 34675 Golden Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 - (Get Directions)

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1 responses to Donald James Wright

  1. Olivia Santana says:

    y sincere condolences to his family! May he RIP.

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