Donald Reed Edens

July 10, 1941February 18, 2021

Donald Reed Edens passed away on February 18, 2021. Don was born on July 10, 1941 in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late Johnnie and Ruth Edens. Don married Eunice Thompson and they shared 28 years of marriage prior to her passing on January 21, 1989. He is survived by four daughters Debbie (Rupert) Alvarez, Donna Gallifant, Pam (Isaac) Rascon & Christine (Weston) Rogers, nine grandchildren Tara Alvarez, Caleb Gallifant, Rupert Alvarez, III, Sarah Gallifant, Elias Rascon, Corey Vegas, Jacob Rascon, Amanda Rascon & Bodhi Rogers and nine great grandchildren Ellie Alvarez, Rupert Alvarez IV, Rocky Alvarez, Bruno Alvarez, William Gallifant, Julia Gallifant, Addie Gallifant, Harmony Rascon and Josiah Zugg-Rascon. In addition, to his parents and wife, Don was preceded in death by his three siblings Johnnie Edens, Charles Edens & Virginia Brown.

Heaven welcomed our Daddy home this past Thursday night. We miss him more than words, but we are at peace knowing he is no longer in pain and is reunited with his loved ones who have passed before him. Don Edens, better known as “Coach”, was an educator and coach for over 35 years in the Cartwright School District. He collected over 300 trophies throughout his lifetime as a reminder of his and his daughter’s accomplishments. He cherished his daughters dearly and proudly shared our childhood victories until his very last days on Earth. Dad taught us the meaning of hard work, built our confidence through positive experiences, and taught us how to find the silly in the serious - a trait he is well known for. This man had a way with people. He made you feel like a million bucks, even on your worst day. He was not a man of profound words, but he knew how to show up and that was always more than enough. The impact he has had on his students, athletes, colleagues, family, friends and daughters is one that will last a lifetime. His legacy lives on in us and our children. See you later, alligator.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the coming weeks details will be updated on this website. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the (Holiday Park Elementary School, PE Department, in the Cartwright Elementary School District).


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Anne Brown Wessell

February 22, 2021

There’s not enough room to write my memories of Uncle Don. He was bigger than life! His huge laugh was contagious. He taught me how to play ball and now when I play ball with my Grandkids, I always think of him! When we went to Wilmington to visit, he’d always take off and play with us! My love and undying prayers go out to Debbie, Donna, Pam and Christine and all of his grandchildren ! He will never be forgotten❤️💔

Sally Domingue

February 22, 2021

My favorite memories of Uncle Donald will always include humor & sports. He loved to get us outside to race each other or play ball. He was always so present & happy. I loved watching him get Granddaddy or Eunice to laugh with an old story or silly joke. I guess what I remember the most is the love he had for his family. Every memory I will cherish forever 💕
Love always,

larry edens

February 22, 2021

My memories of Don Edens are some of the greatest moments of my life. The memories will always be with me. Don was a super athlete with outstanding competitive approach. He would give you the total package of his ability and determination . Don loved the game of Baseball and played with great attitude. I always enjoyed playing sports with him. Don was more like a brother than a uncle. Don loved his family. I will miss him but never forget him.

Rick Edens

February 21, 2021

My Uncle Donald was a role model , a friend and one of the best athlete’s I have ever been around . A true competitor but a man of principle and compassion !
I use to meet him at a playground in our hometown to play basketball on Sunday nights. I so looked forward to the time being with him and watching him bring joy to any game he played !
I am very fortunate to have played baseball with him along with my brother on the same team - memories I will never forget as we had so much fun and ...we won every game we played !
But then ; that was the Edens Way and Donald personified the gift of winning !
I will never forget my Uncle and will miss him dearly !

Christy Edens

February 21, 2021

I'll always remember Uncle Donald and his love of softball and all of his girls playing. Every time I spoke with him after he moved to Arizona he told me to pack my bags and come play for his team. I hope there's a team in Heaven that he's already putting together. Deb, Donna, Pam, and family we love you all! Please let us know if you need anything. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful man and I will smile whenever I think of him.