OBITUARY

Donald Alfred Plechaty

October 9, 1929March 13, 2019

Donald Alfred Plechaty was born in Alhambra, California October 9, 1929. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorene Plechaty, April 9, 1949. He passed away one month shy of their 70th wedding anniversary. Don and Dorene met when they were 10 years old and have been together ever since.

Don grew up in Alhambra with a fascination of photography and horticulture. After graduating from Alhambra High School he went to work as a floral designer. During his time as a florist he got to work many holiday seasons helping build Rose Parade floats.

Soon after his marriage to Dorene, Don started working at Union Hardware where Don learned about computers during the era of inception and development. Don’s career grew as computers developed and he started managing Data Centers for Rose Marie Reid, Virtue Brothers Furniture and Spartan Grocers. In the 1960’s Don became Director of the Data Center for Western Airlines where he enjoyed taking trips with his family, even it was a one day trip to Alaska so his father could experience an airplane flight and say he had visited Alaska.

While his girls were growing up he was very involved the community of Agoura, CA and served on the Las Virgenes School Board.

After Western Airlines, Don worked in Northern California. After several years a new opportunity for him and Dorene presented itself so they started an over 30 year adventure in Colorado. Don was VP of Operations for US West where his responsibility grew to over 10 data centers around the country. He made many lifelong friends there and they still gather together for semi-annual pot luck dinners to stay in touch. Upon Don’s retirement he went back to his roots of woodworking finishing and installed shutters for the Window Wizard in the Denver area.

His favorite past time was gardening and playing with computers. Don was a loving husband, wonderful father, incredible friend to those in his world. And he had a wicked sense of humor that he used often!

Don is preceeded in death by his parents and grandson Bryan Sandoval. He is survived by his wife Dorene Plechaty, daughters Debbie Finley (Eric) and Denise Smith (John), his grandchildren, Stacey Gallardo, Sarah Daub (Frank), Stephen and David Sandoval, and his great grandchildren, Blake and Matthew Sandoval, Sophia and Amelia Gallardo, Kyle and Brody Sandoval, Carson and Kamryn Daub and Giovanni Sandoval.

There will be a private Celebration of Life April 13, 2019 in Denver Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald's memory to The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society, 7155 Oakridge Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229 or online by clicking the link below.

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Ken Nelson

March 17, 2019

I loved Don Plecaty, from doing chile cookoffs with him, playing hand and foot, to him sharing his receipes with me. Judy and I loved being with the Plecatys because they made us feel loved, cared for, and they made us laugh. I remember he and I went shopping with the women at a mall where they dropped he and I off at a bar first. We later would meet up with them at a designated store. He and I were laughing as we walked through the doors. A sales clerk remarked to the women, "Boy, you can sure tell they're father and son!" I thought Doreen and Judy would die laughing. After they told us what had been said, Don turned to me and said, "Yes you are the son I never wanted". Now he and Judy can play hand and foot together. I shall miss him. I love you Doreen. I'm sorry I haven't called more. Ken

Ken Nelson

March 17, 2019

I loved Don Plecaty, from doing chile cookoffs with him, playing hand and foot, to him sharing his receipes with me. Judy and I loved being with the Plecatys because they made us feel loved, cared for, and they made us laugh. I remember he and I went shopping with the women at a mall where they dropped he and I off at a bar first. We later would meet up with them at a designated store. He and I were laughing as we walked through the doors. A sales clerk remarked to the women, "Boy, you can sure tell they're father and son!" I thought Doreen and Judy would die laughing. After they told us what had been said, Don turned to me and said, "Yes you are the son I never wanted". Now he and Judy can play hand and foot together. I shall miss him. I love you Doreen. I'm sorry I haven't called more. Ken

Debbie Finley

March 16, 2019

Dad, I am so going to miss our talks, your opinions. I remember we did not watch TV’s on weekend we would listen to music, we would go to Broadway shows. Your motto for Denise and I was experience as much as you can at least once. This picture was also a first.. the first time I ever saw you dance and then you danced with me. Thank you Dad for so many experience. Love and miss you, Love Deb

John Smith

March 15, 2019

Having spent little time in my own 7th decade of life, imagining having been married to the same person for 70 years is such a statement of commitment to his family and those he loved. I feel fortunate to have had Don as a father-in-law

Denise Smith

March 15, 2019

Dad, each day I still hear your hearty laugh, and also your snide "I have done something sneaky" laugh in my heart. I will miss that and hope I can hold onto it for a long time. It helps to know you are at peace, out of pain and playing with Bryan again. Love Denise