Donald Gary Selden

August 27, 1971August 28, 2013

Donald (Don) Gary Selden, 42, from DeWitt, Michigan, was given his angel wings on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Don left for work as usual for his job as a Motor Vehicle Operator for the State of Michigan, Vehicle and Travel Services. Later that morning, he was in a tragic accident along I-96 in Oakland County, Michigan.

Don was born on August 27, 1971, in Lansing to mother, Doris M. Selden (Kelly) and father, Gary R. Selden. He graduated from J.W. Sexton High School in 1990 and previously worked at Paramount Coffee, Shaw’s Enterprises, MPC Cashway Lumber, and L&L Shop-Rite. Don had just celebrated his 42nd birthday the day before his death and was a fun-loving man with a ready smile and loved his family more than anything! He was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, and friend who took great pride in sharing stories about his family! He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being in the outdoors. Don was an avid bowler and spent much time in the bowling alley where he met his wife Jami. He took pride in all that he did, whether helping a neighbor, parenting a child, coaching t-ball, or working. Don was active in the Work of Heart foster/adoption/kinship support group in Clinton County.

Don was preceded in death by his daughter Michaela and uncle Rich Robbins.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 12 years, Jami Lyn (Getzen); daughters Sadi, Taylar, Savanna, Kaylee and son, Emerson; mother, Doris M. Selden; father, Gary Selden; special parents Jim and Carol Shaw; sisters, Tammy Atherton and Deanna (Neil) Granning, brothers, Mark Selden, Brian (Wendy) Selden, and Allen (Shannon) Shaw; mother-in-law, Roxie Wilkins; and father-in-law Jack Getzen. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends including Chad and Niki Tefft and family, Pat Miller, Marc Mowry and many poker pals.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, 3827 Delta River Drive in Lansing with Rev. Melanie Baker and Rev. Lori Sykes officiating. Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington in DeWitt and one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday. Those desiring may make contributions to the Don Selden Family Memorial in care of Lake Trust Credit Union, 12750 Escanaba Drive, DeWitt, Michigan 48820, in memory of Don.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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Bradlee Clegg

October 1, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Don in Youth Group at First UMC when we were teenagers. He was always so full of life, and was always willing to help out, especially if it involved being physically active. We weren't close, but Don was the kind of person that you could consider a friend within minutes of meeting him.

The Brandell Family

September 5, 2013

Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Don was a wonderful support to the dewitt girls softball team and will be missed within the community.

Joann and Susan Dowker

September 4, 2013

Jami ~ Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family. May your memories bring you comfort in this difficult time. God bless you.

September 4, 2013

Jami- I did not know your husband, but I wanted to let you know that you have been in my thoughts since I heard about the accident. Working with you in PRIDE has been a positive experience. I am praying for you right now, and for your children also. I am praying for strength and for healing.
Sincerely, Deb Burt from Gratiot DHS

Shannon Schlegel

September 4, 2013

My prayers are with you and your family. May God watch over you and hold your hand during this time, giving you comfort. Shannon Schlegel

Mike and Debbie Cochran

September 4, 2013

Jami, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So wish we could be there to honor Don. He was a great friend! May God continue to watch over you and your family.

September 4, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. The staff from the DeWitt Pharmacy - Patty, Kim, Desi, Lucille, Joan and Camille.

Renee Dear

September 3, 2013

Jami, sorry for your loss. Words can't express the sadness that has fallen upon us. You and your family are in my prayers.

Renee' Adams-Dear

Sarah DeKarske

September 3, 2013

Jami, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You will always have an angel looking over you and your kids. God Bless.

Tim & Victoria Snyder

September 3, 2013

Dear Jami & family, so sorry for your loss! We met you both during bowling season many years ago even though it still seems like it was yesterday. Don was a great man and he will be deeply missed.