Donald Lyle Plejdrup

Donald Lyle Plejdrup

June 06, 1941 - August 11, 2019
Yorba Linda CA

Donald Lyle Plejdrup

June 06, 1941 - August 11, 2019
Yorba Linda CA


Donald Lyle Plejdrup, age 78, passed away on Sunday, August 11th at 5pm in Kaiser Ontario Hospital with his wife by his side.

He was born on June 6th, 1941 in Nebraska to parents Minnie and Elmer Plejdrup and was the youngest of three children.

Don graduated from South Gate High School in the class of 1959 and later worked as a site manager for storage facilities. He started dating his wife Irene in 1957 and they were later married on August 13th 1960. They shared 59 years together and had 3 boys Randall, Richard, and Russell. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, caring father, and an amazing grandfather.

He was survived by his wife Irene, his brother Al, his two sons Rick and Russ, his daughters-in-law Jill and Kori, and his 8 grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday August 23rd beginning at 11am at Eastside Christian Church:
3330 E Miraloma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806

There will be a reception to follow at 4170 View Park Dr, Yorba Linda CA 92886.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to

Tijuana Christian Mission

PO Box 43793

San Ysidro, Ca 92143


Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: August 23, 2019 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Eastside Christian Church


  • Date & Time: August 23, 2019 (12:30 PM)
  • Venue: Plejdrup Reception

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12 responses to Donald Lyle Plejdrup

  1. Blessed By You

    My name comes as a challenge to most and I have my grandpa to thank for that. It produces the wrinkling of the forehead and the scrunching of the cheeks to every grocery store cashier who questions it as they hand me my receipt. It is the confusion on the teacher’s face as they say it out loud and the laughter that follows from me in the crowd. Eight letters and two syllables wide. This challenge has followed me my entire life.

    My name resembles a map of Denmark spread out on the family dining room table, where only the magic of a magnifying glass can make it appear. It’s the stitching on blankets, the writing on mugs, and the smell of hello dollies. It’s a Wednesday night filled with blue hair dye, grandpa’s golf cart rides, and grandma’s spaghetti spilt on my jeans. It’s the holding of hands as we say a prayer and the goofy group photos that make people stare. This is what PLEJDRUP means. It connects us one by one. From nose kisses to grandpa’s bear hugs we are a family of love.

    There are rules to holding this name. Weird and wacky are a must and knowing the Plejdrup wave goodbye is a plus. Thumb to nose is where you start then wiggle your fingers out in front. Pickledrips is what we like to say when others don’t know how to pronounce it the right way. Start with “pledge” and end with “drup” or you can just make something up. My name is something that most people find funny, but to me it’s what defines family. Proud, loving, exciting, joy, dorks, real, unique, and perfection. This is what makes up the letters of my name. Although at times I wish it was easier to say, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Family is life’s greatest blessing and our grandpa blessed us with this name and for that I will forever be thankful. Not only do I share his name but we share an amazing family he created filled with goof balls, endless laughter, unforgettable moments, and most importantly love. So yes, my name comes as a challenge to most but it is a challenge I’m proud to accept.

    “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” – Mark 10:9

    I love you Grandpa.

  2. You will truly be missed, You we’re one of the kindest people I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet.

  3. Missed but never forgotten

  4. Kris Hopka says:

    Like the Dad I never had, you’ll be missed dearly but I’ll look forward to seeing you in the next life.
    Love to the whole family.

  5. Kirk Hopka says:

    While we have lost the company of a great man in this life I look forward to seeing you again in a better place.

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