Donald Dean Wheeler (b. 2/10/1951, d. 3/30/2018) passed away at the age of 67 at home last Friday after battling with health issues these last few years. Don is preceded in death by his parents Glenn Wheeler and Pearl Meyer (nee. Ames), by his sisters Laurie Wheeler, Sally Green and Connie Wenberg, and by his brother Dennis Wheeler. Surviving members of Don’s family include his wife Suzanne Farlander of Caldwell, his brother Glen Wheeler of Las Vegas, his step-daughters, Amber Butler of Diamond Bar, CA, Jade Ramsey of Meridian and Aubree Hernandez of Caldwell, and his step-sons David Holman of Boise and Brad Smit of Nampa.
Don and his family migrated from Iowa to Santa Ana, California, in 1956. There Don grew up excelling in sports. Big and fast he was a star football player and dominated track and field events from the shotput to the 100 yard dash. He also liked to drive fast, cars and motorcycles. He hooked up with some pretty bad hombres in his early years.
Shortly after high school Don joined the U.S. Air force as a mechanic. He learned skills that would lead to a career as a machinist in the aerospace industry. After that he became a security guard for tech firms, Gateway and Micron among them.
Don had many passions, not only his family and friends, and he could have a conversation on almost any topic lasting a wee too long for most listeners, but one of his passions stands out – photography. Don has taken and developed andprinted some great shots over the years. Some of his best are of Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. If you happen to come across a photograph signed by DD Wheeler, that would be Donald Dean Wheeler of Caldwell, Idaho.