Whitman County Gazette 

Donovan (Don) Kleweno

Sept. 20, 1938 - June 29, 2023

 
Donovan (Don) Kleweno

Donovan (Don) Kleweno

Donovan (Don) Kleweno passed away peacefully with the love of his life at his side on June 29, 2023, in Edmonds, Washington.

He was born September 20, 1938, to Melvin Sr. and Anna (Lust) Kleweno. He joined two older brothers, Gilbert and Melvin, Jr, and was followed by Patrick Kleweno. "Babe" as he was affectionately named by his family, graduated from Endicott High School in 1956.

As kids, he and his brothers enjoyed pheasant hunting, which he always said, "was really just an excuse to walk the land!"

He attended Washington State (College) University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1960. He was an active member in Alpha Tau Omega, and frequently returned to Pullman for Homecoming and Apple Cup games. After college he served in the U.S. Navy, attending Officer's Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and later in the Naval Reserve.

In 1965, Don met and fell in love with Judi Resler, and they were married the following Fall. He was excited to become a father when he met Judi's three year old daughter, Pam. Soon after their marriage they moved to Quincy, Washington, where he joined a local accounting firm as an associate CPA, and later bought the business. Daughter Litsa was born in 1967 and three years later to the day, son Jarrod was born. The young family traveled around the US in a motorhome one summer which gave each of them the travel bug forever! Don's sobriety began in Quincy and he was an enthusiastic member of AA and sponsored many others in their quest for sobriety.

The family moved to Issaquah, Washington, in 1979 where Don joined Regency Care Centers as their Treasurer. He worked his way up to Comptroller and then to Chief Financial Officer where he remained until his retirement in 1998.

Donovan met Donna Nylund in the mid-80's and they were married in 1992. Their dream retirement was to travel the world! First on the bucket list was the route of Marco Polo on the Silk Road, which they completed, and went on to visit 100 countries and all seven continents! The most difficult question they were asked was "what is your favorite country?" Answer always was "there was something favorite about every place we visited!" Don also was an avid cyclist and rode the STP (Seattle to Portland) twice. He became a Master Gardener and grew beautiful flower and veggie gardens. He loved boating and fishing and spent many a day on the water with family and friends. He loved to cook and to make his Mom's favorite Rhubarb Roly Poly dessert for everybody!

Donovan was pre-deceased by his parents, his brother Melvin, Jr. and his son-in-law Andrew Lloyd. He is survived by his loving wife Donna, her children, Paul (Kellie) Nylund, Heather Erickson, his children, Pam Kleweno Lloyd, Litsa (Darryll) DeCoster, Jarrod (Barbara) Kleweno, his brothers, Gilbert (Virginia) Kleweno, and Patrick (Daryl) Kleweno, grand children, Donovan and Dylan DeCoster, Caitlyn Kleweno, Ian, Ben and Sam Nylund, Trevin, Stella and Macy Erickson, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a "village" of wonderful friends.

Donovan will be fondly remembered by many for his passion for travel with his grandchildren, his family and friends, for his incredible generosity to others in so many ways, for looking for the positive in negative situations, for being a steady, dedicated, kind and wonderful man, always, and for standing up for what he believed in, always. He was a loving, caring family man and we will miss his sense of humor, his wonderful smile and his beautiful blue eyes.

Many thanks to the Evergreen Health Hospice Care team, and to the staff of Emerald Hills Adult Family Home, for their wonderful care in this difficult season of life.

The service will be at Edmond's United Methodist Church, Edmonds, Wash., Thursday, August 10 at 2 p.m. A live stream is available and retained on http://www.edmondsumc.org for watching at your leisure.

 

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