Obituary Notices and Memorials


ELLSWORTH, Donald Don was just featured in the Antelope Valleys Scrapbook on Sunday, Fathers Day. A long time resident of the Valley, he passed peacefully in his sleep in Wednesday June 22, 2011. He was a life member of the Elks, and founded the Elks Motorcycle Club. He served as a two-term Post Commander of the American Legion. He was a member of the VFW, 3rd Marine Corp Division, SASS, Retired Sheriffs Association, and Popular Rotocraft Association. He volunteered thousands of hours visiting the sick and disabled confined to veterans hospitals. Most of this time was at the Sepulveda facility. He served on the National legislation committee, was a member of the Department of California law and order committee and was the 20th District area committeeman. He was proud of his country and serving as a Marine. After retiring from the Los Angeles Co. Sheriffs Dept., he opened Ellsworth Detective Agency. To keep himself busy, he bought a small farm, in White Fence Farms and raised Shetland Ponies, which he, his father, and daughters would show each year at the Antelope Valley Fair. later he added horses and opened Ellsworth Horse Stables. He loved hanging out with his 'chums', taking trips on his motorcycle with the Elks and his wife of 64 years, and flying single engine planes, until a stroke slowed him down in 2006. Since then he was content to just float around in his pool and spend time with his family. His family and friends were most important to him. His quick wit and carefree attitude made him very easy to become friends with. He will be greatly missed and will leave a void in the hearts of all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife, Trudy, his daughter's Sheryl Ellsworth, Barbara Nichols, and Nancee Barnett, his son-in-law Fred Barnett, 3 granddaughters, Michelle Barnett, Debra Seeger, and Stacey Hall, 4 grandsons, Jim Wyatt, Travis Aldave, Michael Watson, and Frankie Watson and 7 great-grandchildren. Viewing will begin at 11 a.m., with Services beginning at 12 noon, Monday, June 27, 2011, both at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster.

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