June 7, 1935 – June 23, 2009
Donald Steven Palasty previously of 100 Mile House, B.C., passed away on June 23, 2009 at 74 years of age. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marlene; sons Dale (Jessie) Palasty and Terry (Susan) Palasty; daughters Penny Zeis and Connie (Paul Latimer), all of 100 Mile House; grandchildren Scott, Christa, Breanne, Brock, Cherene, Cara, Chloe and Regan; four sisters Betty, Ethel, Lillian and Evelyn as well as many nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his brother Danny, mother Julia and father Steve.
Don arrived in 100 Mile House in 1953 looking for summer employment. He never expected to find his lifetime sweetheart of 53 years. Finding opportunities in the forest industry was easy if one was not afraid of hard labour and long days. Also coming as a great ballplayer was rewarding. After several years of strenuous working days, he began to think that, if an opportunity came his way, he would consider a new direction. He always enjoyed heavy equipment and began a long-standing contract with Weldwood of Canada until his retirement in 1990. His greatest desire at this time was to have a home on wheels and journey south for the winter months. After much vacation time, his love for grandchildren became his passion. Just following the many sports they were all a part of, he covered many miles to be on the sidelines and was so proud of each one. His wishes only were to see each one succeed and fulfill their lifetime dreams. He was cherished as a devoted husband, father and grandfather and had so many wonderful friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. No service by request.
For Don Palasty
It is your actions in life, that has taken you this far.
With loving wife, family and friends, because of who you are
With four children now adults, you did successfully raise.
A task that earned you from all of us, our praise
For one is very special in my life, I want you to see
Who now has special meaning, for she is a sister to me
And memories we share, with each passing years
Punctuated by the laughter and very few tears
Now we reflect on the life, you did once share
As angels take you home, with the Saviour there
It has been an honour, for this gentlemen to know
God calls you home, just follow where angels go
Don thanks for the memories those special kind
that in the future will bring you, so close to mind
Condolences to loved ones, today who are so sad
Lucky were you who called him husband, grandpa and dad.
T. James Latimer
June 25, 2009