Donald Ivan Justice died quietly at the age of 80 at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction June 5, 2016, after a long battle with kidney disease and heart issues which he tackled bravely and with a positive attitude.
Don was born in Clyde, N.C., Aug. 21, 1935. He is preceded in death by his parents, Francis Ivan Justice and Blanche May (Thompson) Justice; sister Elizabeth (Justice) Powell; and a stepbrother Claude "Skip" Schlagenhauf. He is survived by sister Edwina Steward, Broken Arrow, Okla.; stepsisters Gretchen Turas, Lawndale, N.C., and Elizabeth Gibson of Port Charlotte, Fla.; daughters Anita Wright-Justice of Northern California, and by adoption, April (Justice) Ice of Idaho and her three children, Timothy, Jewel Dawson and Abraham Ice.
Don lived in North Carolina, Ponca City, Okla., Gunnison, Ouray, at the Camp Bird Mine, Northglenn, Delta and Montrose. He served for three years in the North Carolina Air National Guard with honorable discharge in 1957. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving hunting, fishing, camping, horses and his dogs. Don enjoyed cooking and loved GOOD food! He had a good sense of humor, loved a good joke or funny story. When he was told his life would be ending very shortly, he took it very courageously. He found great strength and comfort through his faith in God, his church, friends and family.
Services will be held Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 705 S. 12th Street, Montrose.
A very special thanks to all of Don's caregivers over the years. You were by his side through thick and thin; you treated him with kindness and love. Thank you especially to the wonderful nurses at DaVita. Big hugs and love to you.
In lieu of sending flowers, please honor Don by making a donation to hospice or your favorite charity, pat your horse or dog, go fishing, or tell a friend a good joke.