Dr. Donald Kenneth Granvold

August 16, 1943October 27, 2013

Dr. Donald K. Granvold, age 70, of Arlington, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Dallas. Memorial service will be held 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel with Ken Fallin and Norman Cobb, officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Moore Funeral Home reception room.

Donald K. Granvold was born August 16, 1943 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies in 1965 from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. He then went on to serve in the United States Army before completing his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa in 1970. Don would later graduate with a Doctorate in Social Foundations of Education in 1975 from the University of Iowa. In 2013, Don retired after his fortieth year of service at the University of Texas, Arlington where he has been a member of the faculty since 1974. Upon retirement, he received the Professor Emeritus designation. He established and maintained a private psychotherapy practice for 38 years.

Don is survived by his wife, Erin Turner Granvold; one son, Jeffrey Granvold and his wife, Jennifer; one daughter, Carey Granvold Walters and her husband, Tony; six grandchildren, Daniel Granvold, Emma Walters, Jessica Walters, Mason McKean, David Granvold, and Katelyn Granvold; along with many nieces, nephews, and many lifelong friends.

The family suggests memorials in memory of Donald to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at


  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 1, 2013

Dr. Donald Kenneth Granvold

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Dean DeTar

May 28, 2015

I am so sorry to find that Don has passed. He was a real kind heart with a gentle way about him.

I met Don over 20 years ago. Recently a friend of mine inquired about getting some Marital counseling so I pulled out Don's card and Googled to see if he'd moved his office...saddened to see this link.

Jock Bethune

July 11, 2014

God bless and keep you Don!! Just learned of your death from Carey! Thanks for your friendship in past years!!! And God bless and be with your family and friends as they deal with losing you in this life!!!

Wayne Allard

March 11, 2014

An old School of Social Work (Iowa Graguate Program) comrade who just learned of a dear friend's death, wishing to express gratitude for crossing trails with a wonderful person....

I remember you, too, Carey - my wife, Jeannette and I (first name, Wayne), used to spend time at your Iowa home, and you had a team name for us - "Waynette"! Your dad, ever the humorist, had a name for me, too, as I did for him - I was "Wagon Maker" (Don said he researched the meaning of my name, tracing it to Merry Old England), and to me, he was always "Granvola"! We played handball and golf together, along with another school chum, Byron Bissell (we both served as groomsmen at Byron's wedding later in life).

Friends like Don are a treasure in this world - I will always be grateful for the value that Don added to my quality of life!!!

Wayne Allard. E mail address -

Byron Webb

January 9, 2014

I'm Byron Webb, LCSW. I had the privilege of studying under Dr. Granvold at UTA in 2007 and 2008. I'm now in private practice and use his teachings almost daily to try to do what he did for so many for so long. I believe Dr. Granvold was one of the kindest, most gentle men I've ever known. I'm a better Social Worker and Clinician because I was blessed to be his pupil. Go with God, Sir. And thank you.

December 10, 2013

I had been seeing Dr. Granvold as a patient off and on for 22 years. His treatment was so pragmatic. Among his many triumphs are the mental health gifts he gave to me and to so many of his patients. Erin, I haven't met you, but you and your entire family are in my prayers. Don was a wonderful man.

November 23, 2013

i was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this wonderful man-so loving and giving in a multitude of ways,, he was my professor, my supervisor and as well as my friend and i know he was an inspiration to many..he will be in our hearts forever...

Sara Bridges

November 13, 2013

I just heard about Don's passing... I am filled with such sadness for his entire family and especially Erin. He was such a warm and amazing man. He will be sorely missed.

Carey Granvold Walters

November 9, 2013

My sweet Dad…I have no words to express the pain and emptiness your loss has caused. You have always been such an important part of my life. I just can't imagine not seeing or talking to you again. I am so thankful that I had you as my father. You taught me so many valuable and important lessons. You instilled many great values and beliefs when you raised me and continued the expectation for me to follow those as an adult. I am a teacher because you put that desire in my heart, watching and listening to you talk about your love of teaching. I am thankful for the times we spent going on our father/daughter dinner dates, our trip to Boston/Cape Cod as well as Seattle, Washington, our weekly phone calls, the times I watched you sing with your chorus, and so many more. I am so proud to be your daughter. I have had so many people tell me what a difference you made in their life, as their professor, as their therapist, or as a friend. You may be gone physically but you will not be forgotten. I love you now and forever…until we meet again.
Your loving daughter ~ Carey

Cathe Jordan

November 5, 2013

I had the privilege of being in Don's class (UTA-MSSW 1979) before coming back post phd as a colleague.
Don was deserving of his NASW Pioneer status....he opened the way for social workers into the new (at that time) cognitive science. He was an expert guest on the Phil Donahue Show (watch the tape sometimes, he had a beard then & bell bottom pants).
Don saw no limits to what one could just had to put yourself out there. He was good at it and modeled that for me and I'm sure for many others. He introduced us to his friends Mike Mahoney, David Olsen, etc. etc.
This, coupled with his joy of living and having fun was pretty irresistible.
I see Don now organizing a '50s rock and roll cruise through the heavens for our old buddies who preceded him there.
Rock on, Don!

Nancy Nolf

November 4, 2013

Donny was not only smart but lots of fun. He and both had 1984 Pontiacs in high school and had fun talking about them. Donny's was the top of the line and he could be seen zipping around town with the windows down and music loud. Not only was he really a cute guy but so was his Mother. So sad that Donny is gone but thrilled to know he had a wife, son and lots of grandchildren. Love his smile! Nancy Nolf from Bothell Washington