OBITUARY

Donald Christopher Soper

June 10, 1960May 1, 2021

Donald Christopher Soper, age 60, of Fresno, California passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Donald was born June 10, 1960 in San Diego, California.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 836 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, CA 93720.

A Memorial Service will occur Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2240 N. Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93703.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.whitehurstsullivan.com for the Soper family.

Services

14 May

Celebration of Christian Mass

10:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


Fresno, California

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Cindy Clark

May 13, 2021

I had the pleasure to work with Don in many different roles over the years at HealthComp. He has forever left an impression on me by his constant positivity and motivation. His sense of humor brought us out of stressful times. My deepest sympathies to the Soper family and his many friends. RIP Dandy Don.

Tim Kelly

May 13, 2021

I am saddened beyond measure, but know that God's grace and compassion will assuage the sadness and grief that all of us that had the privilege of knowing him are feeling. Words are wholly inadequate to express the breadth and depth of the man known affectionately as "The Don" to many students, athletes, parents and friends. His love and passion for his family, friends, and his community was immeasurably deep. He remained indefatigable in his actions and desires to make the lives of everyone around him better, in whatever capacity presented. While the "Voice of the Tigers" may be silenced here on Earth, I am convicted that it rings out loudly on the streets of Heaven. I am proud to say that Don Soper was my friend, and he was a friend to anyone that desired to be one. That, along with his deep love for his family, is the legacy that lives on. He was a man of many capabilities and many accomplishments. This world has known fewer persons of such character, kindness, and embodiment of compassion, than my friend, "The Don". He was truly "bigger than life" (as my wife Lilette opines). Godspeed my friend, and eternal love and profound respect to the Soper Family from the Kelly Family. In pace requiescat.

Philip Krumpe

May 10, 2021

My relationship with the Soper family started out when I was in sales at Honda North and I had the pleasure of doing business with Don Soper (Senior). A few years later, I discovered my son had a close friend named Mackenzie Soper. I could tell she was a special friend as her name came up quite often, and I soon made the connection that she was Don's granddaughter. Fast forward to my 4th year as a teacher and my 2nd year at Edison, I had the honor and privilege of coaching Mackenzie in volleyball. She was easily my most dedicated and hardest working athlete on the team! This is when I met Don for the first time. Don was not only Mackenzie's biggest fan and supporter, hanging around at just about every practice and attending every game he could possibly make, home or away, but he was also my biggest fan and supporter. He was always so encouraging to me. Never before, and I imagine never again, will I experience the absolute and unconditional appreciation and support that I felt from Don that year. And even after Mackenzie moved on to Varsity, I still felt the love and support every time we ran into each other- Judy too! I love you, Mackenzie and Judy, and Don will always hold a special place in my heart!

Geoff Drake

May 8, 2021

I will always remember the time spent with Cousin Don. From being launched into the pool as a kid, checking out the games he was working on, being called a famous "knucklehead", to endless laughter at Black Beards. We were truly blessed to have had him in our lives. My sincere condolences and love goes out to Judy, Lori, and the kids. Don and his infamous fanny packs will be missed.

Love,
Geoff

Andrew Bryant

May 7, 2021

No words can express how grateful i am for you Don. A million thank yous is not enough for always giving me those words of encouragement and believing in me. Ill never forget your one of a kind voice and your enthusiasm when you yelled out "GO GETEM TIGERS!" You'll be deeply missed. Always love to the Soper family and ill always check on Mack for you. Love you Don, Coach Drew.

Margot Castillo

May 4, 2021

My condolences to the family. Don ALWAYS had a great, warm, cheery, smile at all times of the day whenever I would see him. I am lucky to have met him.

Christina Juarez

May 4, 2021

My dear sweet beautiful cousin! I will miss celebrating our birthdays together, our Annual Family Christmas Day events with what felt like HUNDREDS of people stepping over each other. But mostly, I will miss your wit, your contrasting wit that left me in stitches. Maybe you can fly planes in heaven, if they let you :>
I'm glad we got to spend some quality time together.
Always,
Tina J.

Carol Yeager

May 4, 2021

My deepest condolences for the family. Don had a contagious laugh, as he walked around the office I would hear him laughing and start laughing myself.

You are going to be truly missed buddy.

Carol Yeager “SuperCarol”

Andrea Story

May 4, 2021

RIP Don. I’ll never forget the many soccer games, flag football games, basketball games, parish festivals and so much more that our families shared at Sacred Heart. You will be missed.
All our love, thoughts, and prayers to Judy and the kids.
Love the Story Family, Jeremy, Andrea, Andrew, and Aaron

Mary Patsons

May 4, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Don was a wonderful son, father, and he will be greatly missed! God needed him in heaven and he is at peace now with his parents.

FROM THE FAMILY