Don Wilson beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother left our world peacefully on April 10, 2023. He is survived by his loving daughter Geralyn and her husband Mark Norris, two beautiful grandsons Sean Patrick and Zachary Donald, his brother Edmund Wilson and his wife Jean, multiple nieces and nephews, and his beloved brothers and sisters from the program.
Don was born on October 23, 1943, to William Alexander and Gertrude Hannah Wilson. He was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the youngest of 5 siblings. He was raised and lived in Haverhill throughout his entire youth. One of his favorite past times was telling and reliving stories of his brothers Bill, Al and Edmund and his best friend Richard’s escapades on the “Terrace”. An avid sports fan, he played baseball and football throughout his youth. He was forever faithful to his New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He graduated from Haverhill High School and went on to study history at Merrimack College in nearby Andover. Soon after, he met the love of his life Nancy Finen. They were married in 1968 on February 23. Soon after they gave birth to their only daughter Geralyn and moved to Bangor Maine where he ran a supermarket and began his career in the grocery business. After five years in Bangor the family moved to Kettering Ohio as his career progressed. The family resided in Kettering for 9 years, gaining many lifelong friends and memories, after which the decision was made to move to their current residence in Salt Lake City to further his career. Once retired Don spent his time substitute teaching grade school children, until he landed his dream job. He taught at South Valley School, a school for developmentally challenged young adults. The joy he received from this was immeasurable. He remains much loved by the staff and students at that wonderful facility. Throughout their time together in Salt Lake City they continued to watch their daughter grow, go to college, marry and start her own family. Don and Nancy traveled the world and made a wonderful life with many friends, together for over 50 years.
While living in Ohio Don unashamedly began his journey with Alcoholics Anonymous. Now 42 years sober the program has been not only a lifesaver but an incredible source of commitment, joy and friendship. The people, friends and sponsors he met throughout his journey were always very close to his heart. He learned so much and touched so many throughout the years and would be the first to tell you that The Program saved his life.
Don will be interred at the Memorial Mountain Cemetery next to his beloved wife Nancy. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers we request donations to the Alano Club (alanoclubslc.org) and Fellowship Hall (Venmo@Fellowship-Foundation)