Donald J. O'Leary

January 5, 1930September 21, 2020
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Donald J. O’Leary was born to Olga (Schlaepfer) and John T. O’Leary Sr. on January 5, 1930 in Butte Montana. He was one of 13 children.

He was raised in Leadville and it was there he met the love of his life, JoAnn McFall. They were married August 22, 1958 in Canon City. Don started his law enforcement career of 40 plus years as an officer with the Leadville Police Department, the Greeley Police Department and ended his career with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. Don joined the US Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1953.

Don was an avid hunter, fisherman, loved boating, camping and spending time in the great outdoors with his family. He holds to this date the Colorado state record for Golden Trout.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, JoAnn O’Leary; brothers, Ed and Mark; sisters, Adeline and Doris; an infant sibling and a great-grandson.

He is survived by brothers, John, Emmitt, Albert, Alfred, Rick, Charlie; sister, Mary; son, Daniel (Dolly); daughter, Joni (Michael); son, Michael; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020 at Stoddard Funeral Home. Funeral Service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Weld County Humane Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, CO 80634.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

  • Interment

    Saturday, September 26, 2020


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Elaine Heland

September 30, 2020

I am Don's sister n law. I was 14 when Don &JoAnn got married.
He was like an older brother to me.
I have many fond memories of him and JoAnn.
Rest in Peace Donnie Guy 💗💗

Jeremiah O'Leary

September 28, 2020

Don was my grandpa. I was born in Colorado. We ended up moving to Oregon when I was 7, so my memories of him are from long ago. But he and grandma are the reason I'm a die hard Denver Broncos fan. When we would visit them they had a family room dedicated to the Broncos. I remember the gigantic football helmet I would climb all over it. I remember always sitting on grandpa's lap. He always loved to watch whatever programs with me on his lap. All the times I would fall asleep there. I remember eating tomatoes with a fork and knocked a tooth out. That tooth ended up growing in sideways. I'm going to continue to miss him. Even more so now. I love you Grandpa. Rest easy.

Cynthia Villegas

September 26, 2020

He will be teasing saints in heaven and was a blessing to know on this earth.

Karen Hamilton

September 26, 2020

Don was a wonderful man, his contagious smile and his big heart ❤️. I️ had Many conversations with him when I️ was In high school with Joni. He definitely took care of us girls. Don and Joann always welcomed me into their home with open arms, and I️ loved being there! Just like a second home. Many many memories, sending hugs and prayers to the family and friends from the western slope. Love you guys

Kenny Kniffen

September 25, 2020

The O'Leary's house was my second home growing up. Don was one of those few people possessing so many qualities it made him a magnet to be around. He was kind and had a welcoming smile, highly respected, loved and will be missed by many.

D Demmel

September 24, 2020

To the O'leary family,
So very sorry for the loss of your dad. He devoted alot to the local community in keeping us safe. It's greatly appreciated.
Debbie Demmel

Randy Schaffer

September 23, 2020

Don was a good friend of my Dad and a uncle to my friend Bill he was a great person as I can remember him as a Greeley police officer Iam sorry to her the news

Kathy Patten

September 23, 2020

I very sorry to hear of Don's passing. I remember many trips to your house with the family. His laugh was so infectious. He will be missed.

Harold Andrews

September 22, 2020

I’m sorry to hear about Don’s death. He was a great guy to work with! We worked a lot of nights together and I have a lot of respect for him. I was happy when he came to work at the Sheriff’s Office. I know he will be missed by many!