Donald Owen Bonnell

April 26, 1937April 20, 2021

Don Bonnell lived a full and happy life. He knew what he wanted and pursued and fulfilled his dreams with passion, bringing joy, laughter, kindness, and love to the world. He earned the nickname “Happy” with his smile that lit up every room, his boisterous laugh, his robust sense of humor, his joy and his positive attitude that uplifted everyone around him. Don brought his positive attitude into every aspect of his life and into the lives of those he loved. He was patient, a great listener with a calming presence and an unwavering faith that everything was going to be OK. He bolstered and reassured those he loved through every challenge with his faith, his playfulness and humor, and unconditional love and positivity.

Don grew up in a loving home in Colorado with his parents and three sisters. Don’s passion for dance led him to NYC to pursue an almost life-long career as a dancer. There, he also met the love of his life, Jane. He performed on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall, in multiple touring companies across the country and in Canada, and in various television specials.

Don’s love of dance was only surpassed by his devotion to his family and all those he loved. As his two children grew, Don began a second career at UPS, where he worked a night shift for 25 years. At the same time he kept his hand in “performance”: he greeted attendees of conferences at the Javitz Center, was Santa at Macy’s SantaLand, and acted as an extra in films. Don enjoyed spending time hiking, visiting with family, traveling, juggling, boxing, going to the theater and other dance, music, and cultural events. After Don retired from UPS he and Jane moved to Longmont, Colorado to be close to family.

Don will be greatly missed by all those who survive him: his wife, Jane, son James, daughter Juliet, daughter-in-law Val, son-in-law Shunnie, grandsons Benjamin and Adam, sisters Kathy and Jackie, and other family members and friends. There will be a gathering to celebrate Don’s life at a future time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Parkinson Association of the Rockies (, or Cultivate, a non-profit that supports seniors' independence in Boulder County (


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Katherine Mueller

May 8, 2021

I will never forget when Don came to Traetta's Gymnastic Elite to work with the team on dance. I was head coach at the time and Juliet was on the competitive team. His passion and love of dance was a wonderful asset. He will always have a place in my heart and his smile in my memories. God bless him.

Amy Tranchida-Waldschmidt

April 29, 2021

Sending our love and empathy.

We know that one of the ways to ballast ourselves through the grief of losing a loved one is to celebrate his/her life.

Don’s life and legacy are an example to celebrate—he lived life fully, deeply, and joyfully, cultivated gratitude, loving, kindness, and positivity, and brought comfort and joy to every day.

What a beautiful soul; what a blessed life!

Also, I will always appreciate that Don liked seeing pictures and videos of our newest feline family member, Patches. We are happy that Patches brought Don humor and joy. Thanks for sharing those moments with your dad, Juliet.

We are certain Don is bringing that same adventurous spirit and love to his next adventure.

Love, Amy, Matt, Chloé, Melina, Cocoa, and Patches.

Anna Reusink

April 29, 2021

When Don compliments your dance moves, you take it to heart. We will miss you.

Philip Ly

April 27, 2021

When I met Mr. Bonnell for the first time, I had just met James his son as a freshman in High School in NJ. Having just moved to the US from Sweden, James and I become good friends quickly. We found we shared many common interests. James invited me to his home which is where I met Mr and Mrs Bonnell. Mr. Bonnell had that big smile and warm voice that made me feel comfortable right away. Every time I would visit James I would always have an enjoyable conversation with Mr Bonnell and Mrs Bonnell. James was into a lot of things electronic and his room was filled with oscilloscopes and other components. I remember thinking to myself James had very supportive parents and would encourage James with what he was into. Mrs Bonnell working at a book publishing company would help get me get college text books at a discount. Mr Bonnell would always ask me how my parents were doing and always took an interest in how my schooling was going. As I’m writing this I can hear his happy voice very clearly in my head. Thinking back he has influenced my life in a very positive way and I will miss him.

Janice & Peter LANDES

April 27, 2021

Sincerely sorry for your loss.
We remember well Don’s hiking stamina, his dancer’s athleticism and most of all his unfailing patience and good humor.
A real gentleman who will be sorely missed by many.

Dina and Jeff D'Amico

April 27, 2021

We’re so very sorry for your loss. We will always remember his warm smile, infectious laugh and of course his dance moves.