Donald G. Ware Obituary, 2010


Donald G. Ware 1935 ~ 2010 Don Ware died Wednesday, September 22, 2010 after a pyrrhic battle with old-age. He was 75 years old. He was born in his grandparents’ log cabin in Orangeville, Utah June14, l935. Shortly after his birth the date was designated “Flag Day” and each year flags across the land are flown to commemorate the occasion. He was the first child of Helen Jewkes and Gilbert Ware. Don grew up in Orangeville and Wattis, Utah, attended and was graduated from South Emery High School. His first and only experience with coal mining was as a “Boney Picker” (one who picks “Boney” or non-coal bearing rock from loaded ore carts). Enough said?! Like a shot, it was off to the University of Utah for Don as the recipient of dual music and journalism scholarships, where he managed to earn a degree while keeping very busy doing things non-academic: he joined Sigma Pi Fraternity, was president of the Interfraternity Council, was named editor of the Daily Utah Chronicle, was elected second vice president of the student body, was a member of Beehive, Owl & Key and Skull & Bones honorary societies, and some not-so-honorary groups. At the U, he met and married the lovely, virtuous and unsuspecting Joan Larson, who became a nationally prominent, public health professional in her own right. They were together for 52 years and have two beautiful daughters, Kimberly Loyola (Ty) and Tess Thompson (Kent), and two wonderful grandchildren, Katie and Nicky Loyola and a Cairn “Terror”, named Max. Don was a writer and began his career at the Deseret News and United Press International. In l959, he joined Harris & Love Advertising as a copywriter, and in l980 became President, CEO and principal owner of the company, widely recognized as one of the finest advertising firms in the west. He retired in 1993. In his 36 year career he held positions as President of the Utah Advertising Federation and Western Region Trustee of Affiliated Advertising Agencies International. Don helped establish and grow many of the Intermountain West’s major business enterprises including Clover Club, Mountain Fuel Supply, Walker Bank, Smith’s, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Foremost West and the Utah Travel Council. In recognition of his successful guidance of the state’s tourism advertising, Don was made a charter member of the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame. Active in civic and community affairs, Don was a key advertising agency advisor to the victorious election campaigns of U.S. Senator Frank E. Moss, U.S. Representative Sherman P. Lloyd, U.S. Senator Jake Garn and Governor Scott M. Matheson. Don was an accomplished pianist and gardener, as well as an editor and publisher of unusual cookbooks. An impatient intellectual with martini dry wit, he relished conversation with everyone, but particularly with good friends and family. For most of his adult life he was an ardent adventure traveler and could be counted to make any occasion memorable through his creative and generous grasp on life. He served on the board of directors of the University Alumni Assn., was a member of the University Publications Council and had been a board member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Utah Heart Assn., Kimball Art Center, SL Chamber of Commerce, the United Way Campaign, and the Salt Lake County Fine Arts Advisory Council. He had been a member of Rotary Club, the Alta Club and the Cottonwood Country Club. At Don’s request he was cremated, and his remains will be scattered near Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii, offshore a place called Puamana, where he and his family spent many hours of utmost happiness and a place where he would rather be today (and he hopes you can all visit someday). His family invites Don’s friends to a celebration of his life at the Cottonwood Club, 1780 Lakewood Drive, 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2010. In lieu of any flowers, the family suggests donations to: Utah Animal Adoption Center, 1955 No. Redwood Road, SLC, UT 84116, 801-355-7387, or email: utahanimaladoptioncenter .org.

Source:  Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) – Saturday, October 2, 2010

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