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Westminster Memorial Park and Mortuary

14801 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA

OBITUARY

Donald Carl Reiner

27 April, 193115 February, 2020

Donald Carl Reiner, 88, was born April 27, 1931, in Long Beach, CA. This remarkable man passed away on February 15, 2020 surrounded by his family. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Millie, his children: Laurie, Sandra, and predeceased by his son David, and his stepdaughter, Janet. He will be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

He was an Air Force Veteran and later made a great living as a top sales manager in the uniform business. He enjoyed camping with his wife in their Lazy Daze caravan group and was known as "Camp Don", after retiring. Don enjoyed the simple things in life, especially spending time with his great grandkids and sharing the love of the mountains with his wife, family and friends. He will be truly missed by many.

Arrangements under the direction of Westminster Memorial Park, 14801 Beach Blvd. Westminster, CA 92683. (714) 893-2421

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Jane Patterson

28 February 2020

When I was just a little kid in Santa Ana, my Dad, Jerry, was running for something, and I remember his cousin, Don, drove a gigantic truck into our driveway that was completely covered with my Dad's political signs. That was a pretty cool sight to see, so I was impressed. Then sometime later, his daughter, Laurie, moved in and lived with us for a while. She was always so great to me just like a big sister that I never had. Of course, whenever I got to hang out with Janet, that was always amazing too since she and I are the same age. RIP Don! Love and hugs to Millie. I'll try to add this photo I have from December of 1986 of Don with Richard, Olive, Florence and Ella (or "Mimi" to me).

Jerry Patterson

28 February 2020

I am one of six cousins who grew up with Don Reiner. Our common grandfather was Bruce Ferrier who brought his 3 children from Canada to Long Beach based on a story he had read of the beautiful warm beaches. Each of the 3 children had 2 children. We all had great fun going on picnics and camping in the mountains. Five of the cousins were boys with the youngest, Carleen the only girl whom we teased mercilessly, but we all defended her from others.
There are now only three cousins who survive Don: my brother Bob, Carleen and me. I will never forget that Don taught me how to catch and clean fish, while his dad CARL would cook and smoke the trout fish. The fun times slipped away as we became adults and 4 of us got drafted during the Korean War. Don and Bob chose the Air Force, Richard the Army and I picked the Coast Guard. Don’s father CARL was a “seafarer” and he suggested the Coast Guard to me. My cousins all teased me about being a “shallow water” sailor. One by one we got out of the military service and not long after that settled down then got married and had our own kids.
Later when I ran for public office, Don borrowed a truck and put together a team of volunteers who saturated my District area with political signs putting them up every evening at a blazing pace.
Don truly loved Millie’s daughter Janet as if she was his very own. They always had a special relationship with each other that was admirable. Janet could mock Don when he was enforcing a house rule or making a serious point, and then put a wide grin on his face a few minutes later. The world has lost a good man in Don Reiner. Read the beautiful tribute above. Millie knows we have prayed for Don’s soul and we send her our deepest condolences and sympathy. His extended family and friends will vouch for him at St. Peter’s Gate. God Bless.
Jerry

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FROM THE FAMILY