Donald Robert Franklin Blumenauer 1935 — 2021

Donald Robert Franklin Blumenauer

Donald Robert Franklin Blumenauer of Kamloops passed away on July 7, 2021 at 86 years of age. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Marena, daughters Barb of Kamloops and Allison (Jim) of Nanaimo, grandchildren Eva and Jenna, and his brother Chuck. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Margaret, and brothers Ralph and Gilbert.

Don was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was witty, intelligent, and a big tease at heart. Don had many opinions that he was willing to share, whether you wanted him to or not! He loved his family, friends, agriculture, photography, hockey, gardening and travel. Dad was an avid member of the Society of Range Management throughout his career and retirement. He mentored many agrologists early in their career. He was a dedicated Blazers fan, in good times and in bad times, with the Blazers Memorial Cup win being a highpoint. Dad’s annual trip with his Agi friends, throughout the years,  was a treasured memory for him.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. Yanko, Dr. John Yee, Dr. Hay, and Dr. Bantock, for their care of Dad.

Don’s life will be Celebrated at 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Grandview Acres, 3499 Long Lake Road, Knutsford, BC. Casual dress and colourful clothing is welcomed and appreciated at the Celebration of Life!  Dad was very casual, and loved his jeans and cowboy boots.


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8 Tributes

  1. Bernie & Gwen Major
    Posted July 20, 2021 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    To: Marena, Barb & Allison.
    Gwen & I were so sad to hear about Don. Even though we haven’t see you for many years, we often thought of you remembering the good times we had in Williams Lake. Don & I had a few good fishing situations which I still laugh at. Our sincerest condolences to each of you.
    Bernie & Gwen Major

  2. Heather McLean
    Posted July 21, 2021 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Very sad to hear of Don’s passing. He was a wonderful cousin and enjoyed his company. Loved to tease and was very witty. He will be missed. RIP Cousin

  3. Cam Camden
    Posted July 21, 2021 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Many fond memories of working with Don at the Kamloops Ag office. The fishing trips were the best!! 🙂 My condolences to the family, he will be missed!

    Cam Camden
    Cochrane, Alberta

  4. Rod & Ada Deans
    Posted July 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Marena, Barbara and Allison and families in the loss of your husband and Dad. Cousin Rod remembers Don playing lacrosse and what good player Don was. Always fun visiting with Don and Chuck. Don will also be missed by his cousins.
    Rod & Ada Deans

  5. Diane & Mike Cianci
    Posted July 21, 2021 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    To Marena, Barb, Allison and family,
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We know you have been left with many happy memories!
    Diane and Mike Cianci

  6. Lynn Nelson
    Posted August 1, 2021 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Dear Marena,

    You will always enjoy those special memories you made with Don during your journey together.

    I had wanted to send a card but couldn’t find an address so hope you know we are both thinking of you at this time, Marena.

    Our best to you – Chris and Lynn Nelson

  7. cornel wijeyesinghe
    Posted August 10, 2021 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Dear Barb,
    Just saw your dad’s obituary in KTW today.
    My condolences on your loss.
    May he rest in peace.

    Cornel W

  8. Tom Rankin
    Posted February 14, 2022 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Hello Marena and family,
    Well, I’m a little late to the party and for that, for sure, Don would have given me a tap on the shoulder and made a sly remark, with that smile on his face. Sorry for the delay; I tore out his obituary but it got buried in a pile until recently.
    Don was a great guy, as you so well portrayed. I remember his cheery manner, his conversations, his shared and well-discussed opinions, and perspectives he brought from his broad work background. The world was a better place with him in it. I’m so sorry for your loss but trust that you find solace and joy in memories of Don.

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