Donald Everett Colclasure Jr.
May 24, 1961 – March 31, 2019
BLOOMINGTON — Donald E. Colclasure Jr., 57, of Bloomington, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Sunday (March 31, 2019) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, surrounded by family.
Don was born May 24, 1961, in Normal, the son of Donald E. Sr. and Dorothy A. Stevens Colclasure. He married Kandi Sue Luster on Sept. 15, 1984, in Lexington. She survives.
Don is also survived by two children, Cassie (Justin) Bellas, Stanford, and Katrina (Erik) Westerberg, Villa Park; his mother, Dorothy (William "Max") Cloud, Jupiter, Fla.; his father, Donald (Donna) Colclasure Sr., Bradenton, Fla.; one brother, Doug (Lori) Colclasure, Aurora; two grandsons, Wyatt and Carter Bellas; three nieces; four nephews; and loving dog, Rocky.
Don was preceded in death by his sister, Dana Lee Houchins of Bloomington.
Don graduated from Lexington High School in 1979 where he excelled on the football team and met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Sue. Don then went on to Southern Illinois University where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1984. This was the same year that he and Sue married and Don began working with his father at Colclasure Inc., a heavy underground utilities contractor.
Don later became the president of Colclasure Inc. and worked there until 2004. Don then transitioned into becoming a well-respected project manager in Central Illinois at Stark Excavating. Don was passionate about his work and valued efficiency, precision, and being kind to those he worked with and came across.
Don made his mark working at Stark Excavating leading several notable projects in Central Illinois. Traveling through Bloomington-Normal or even beyond the Twin City limits, one will likely come in contact with projects Don led. Water main and sewer revitalization projects at Bloomington Country Club, Morton High School, Veterans Parkway, Morton Avenue, as well as in Uptown Normal are some of his proudest professional achievements.
Outside of his work, Don cherished the times he had coaching his daughters' softball teams and being outdoors with family and friends. He took advantage of any and every opportunity to take his boat, Moondance, out on the water. If that meant launching at Clinton Lake or in the Gulf of Mexico, the location did not matter as much as being out on the water with those he loved.
Don also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his close friends, Mike Long, Chris Kemp and Greg Vogel. Beyond the water and fields, there was a shared love between each of these friends for NASCAR. In Don's case, he was a dedicated fan to Earnhardt Sr., Jr., and Kevin Harvick.
Don was adventurous and many knew him as “Donny Daredevil” in his childhood. He enjoyed any chance to take the road less traveled. This deep desire for adventure transitioned into explorations, trips and shared experiences around the world with Sue.
Those close to Don will cherish memories of casual nights grilling with neighbors, playing bags, cards, ping-pong, and pool where Don would manipulate house rules to his own benefit. He certainly appreciated the little moments life brings.
The most special experiences for Don, though, were any that involved his family. Watching “Star Wars” with his grandsons, going out to dinner with his wife, daughters and sons-in-law, and the countless nights spent with Sue at home on the patio watching the stars, are the memories his immediate family members will dearly hold. Don was a family man through and through. He will forever be remembered that way.
Memorial visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. There will be a private service Thursday at 11a.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Lexington. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to McLean County Pheasants Forever or Tri-Valley Athletics.