Donald Lee Ward

June 23, 1945January 8, 2021

On Friday, January 8, 2021, Donald Lee Ward, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great­ grandfather, left us on this earth, forever heartbroken. Donald was born on June 23, 1945 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Lee Roy Ward and Arline Ruth (Coughenour). He was always proud to call himself a Colorado native! He worked at Colorado Interstate Gas Company for over 30 years and was able to retire early in January 2001. On February 14, 1986, he married his beloved wife, Margaret Elizabeth (Harrison) who survives him. They had a wonderful life together for 35 years.

His son, Adam Lee, and daughters, Melanie Charmaine, and Little Jennifer Lea (as she has always been fondly referred to) survive him. His stepdaughter who is also a Jennifer Leigh (fondly known as Big Jennifer) survives him. His grandchildren are Weston, Francesca, Alexander, Peyton, Olivia, and Luke. His Great-Grandchildren are Summer and Savannah. Shirley Welker, his sister survives him, too. Don was always good with his hands and did numerous "honey-do" projects around their house. He enjoyed feeding and watching the birds. Don was a great cook and liked to bake and enjoyed eating at Dairy Queen and the Waffle House. He was an avid NASCAR and football fan. He loved all dogs, especially Ernie.

He enjoyed Western movies. Marty Robbins was a favorite and Don bragged that he got to see him in concert.

One of our favorite family stories about him was the time he almost burned down the gazebo with his homemade potato gun. It's complicated! Although, he always denied that story and said it was only a small misfire.

"It's complicated" is how Don explained anything that he could not really explain, therefore it became a family catch phrase.

He was a quiet, loving, sweet, man who will be forever missed by his family and anyone who knew him. Our memories of this wonderful man will be cherished in our hearts always.


  • Margaret Ward, Wife
  • Adam Lee Ward, Son
  • Melanie Charmaine Ward, Daughter
  • Jennifer Lea Ward, Daughter
  • Jennifer Leigh Ford, Step-Daughter
  • Weston, Grandchild
  • Francesca, Grandchild
  • Alexander, Grandchild
  • Peyton, Grandchild
  • Olivia, Grandchild
  • Luke, Grandchild
  • Summer, Great Grandchild
  • Savannah, Great Grandchild
  • Shirley Welker, Sister


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Rick Schubert

January 17, 2021

Always enjoyed Don. Never could beat him when we played cribbage while the girls visited.

Earl Barcome

January 15, 2021

Don came to my shop for some gunsmithing several years ago. Several projects later and more important were our talks at the donut shop. He was a true friend. My wife and I will miss him greatly. Love and prayer for family, friends and loved ones.

Rebecca Cooling

January 13, 2021

So sorry for the loss of cousin Donald Lee. I’m so glad I was able to visit with him when I took my parents to see him a few years ago. Donald Lee and his Uncle Doug had a wonderful time of visiting and sharing stories. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you. Becky