Donald James Seitz, 56, of Hamlin, Ky., passed away suddenly May 18, 2009.
He was born Feb. 17, 1953.
Donnie first came to the Yampa Valley area in the early '80s on a visit to do some hiking. He then lived in Denver, working for DC Corp., of Littleton. He spent five years in Florida working construction and concrete. He received an award for helping in the design and construction of the concrete door at the X-ray facility at Cape Canaveral, Fla. In 1992, he moved to Hayden with his stepchildren Kenneth and Alicia, and their mother, Barbara. He worked for Dick Jezo, Fox Construction, Steve Peterson and Wolf Mountain Ranch. In 1997, he began work at the Hayden Power Station for Black & Veatch Co. where he became a construction manager. His travels with work took him all across the world to Ghana, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Venezuela, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago.
Donnie loved to hunt and would fish in all the waters that he came across, using his "beloved bobbers" everywhere he went. He loved to hunt gators in the Florida waters. But he most loved riding horseback high in the country near the West Lost Lakes area, as well as the Flat Tops and Pyramid.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores (Schegel) Askew; stepfather, Roger Askew; and sister Belinda Rivas. He is survived by his son, Donald J. Seitz Jr., of Wilmington, Del.; stepson, Kenneth L. Henry, of Tampa Bay, Fla.; stepdaughter Alisha M. Henry, of Milner; father, Ronald Seitz, of Lyndonville, N.Y.; aunts Dorothy Emmanuale and Mary Lu Delinger, both of Medina, N.Y.; two nieces, one nephew, three great-nieces and one great-nephew.
Donnie loved his family, friends, new adventures and living life to the fullest. His dream was to see as much of the world as possible. A memorial service was held in Murray, Ky., on May 28.