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Donald Atkins

July 24, 1939 March 19, 2019
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Donald Earl Atkins, 79, passed away March 19, 2019 at his home in Orangevale, CA. After a long illness, he passed peacefully with his sons at his bedside. Don was born in Denver, Colorado July 24, 1939 to Pearl Grace Shadrick and Carl D. Atkins. He proudly served in the Army from 1957 to 1960, and returned to Orangevale where he made his home, for himself and his family. Don married his lifetime sweetheart, Joan, and eagerly settled in to being a husband and father. Don was a humble and giving man, and never boasted about his accomplishments. He was an active member of the community, and was a significant mentor for the kids, as he coached Little League Baseball and served as a Scout Master for many years. He was loved and respected by these kids, and most who are grown with their own families, still keep in touch.

There were many things in his life that he was passionate about; he loved camping and fishing and spent many vacations at the Ice House with his family. He also loved music. Don was a musician and played guitar and sang in local bands for different venues in the area. He learned guitar from his father as a boy, and developed his talent throughout his life. He was a country western star to everyone who knew him and enjoyed his music. One of his greatest gifts was telling stories. Sometimes he would tell something funny and laugh so hard at himself that he was crying. Don was a great historian as well. He worked for Natomas Mining Company and shared many stories about the development of the Folsom area. He would talk to anyone, and share intriguing stories and facts that were fascinating and informative. Prior to his retirement, he also worked as a generator mechanic for a Sacramento company.

Don’s greatest passion was his family. He and Joan shared their home with many kids and family who needed help. The two of them were a team and always helping their family when necessary. When Joan became ill, Don was by her side daily taking care of her until she passed away. His sons describe him as “Just a Great Dad.!”

Don is preceded in death, by his wife, Joan. He is survived by his sons, Scott Atkins (Kara Piantanida) and Brent Atkins. Sisters, Vicky Bliss (Jim), and Florine Gardemann. Grandchildren, Shelby Jaques (Dalton), Jordan Atkins-- U.S. Navy, Jacob Atkins, Joelle Atkins, Emily Williams, Anthony Grivet and Danielle Grivet. Great Grandchildren, Clin, Ryken, Bridger, and Josie. Niece Sheleana Kerwood-Burt (Gary), Tracy Hosobe (Hiro), Tiffany Foster (Don), Great niece and nephews, Summer Stark, Sascha Stark, and Gary Burt, James Hosobe, Oliver Hosobe, Spencer Hosobe, Courtney Patterson (Chris), and Max Foster.

Viewing to be held at Miller’s Funeral Home, 507 Scott Street, Folsom, California 95630 on Friday, March 22, 2019 between 4pm and 8pm.

Graveside services will be held at Lakeside Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Sunday March 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM 1201 Forrest Street, Folsom, CA, 95630

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4:00 PM 3/22/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/22/2019 8:00:00 PM
Miller Funeral Home

507 Scott Street
Folsom, CA 95630

Miller Funeral Home
507 Scott Street Folsom 95630 CA
United States





1:00 PM 3/24/2019 1:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 3/24/2019 1:30:00 PM
Lakeside Memorial Lawn

1201 Forrest St.
Folsom, CA 95630

Lakeside Memorial Lawn
1201 Forrest St. Folsom 95630 CA
United States

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