Donna Marie Van Leuven

October 17, 1932November 28, 2017

Our Dear Mother, Donna M. Van Leuven of New Plymouth passed away on November 28, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital in Meridian after battling a sudden illness. Donna Marie Bray was born in 1932 in Nampa, Idaho to Walter Lynn and Bertha Esther Bray. Donna spent her early childhood on a farm near Vale, Oregon where her parents homesteaded. Her family later moved to Fruitland where she attended school and graduated from Fruitland High School in 1950. In Fruitland she met her future husband, Duane C. Van Leuven, another 1950 FHS graduate. After high school, Donna attended the University of Idaho where she proudly became a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Donna made life-long friends as a Pi Phi, many of whom she was still very close with at the time of her death. Donna completed her undergraduate degree where she studied teaching and business. She also received a master's degree in education in 1955. After college Donna taught high school briefly in Stockton, California. In 1957 Donna returned to Idaho where she married Duane. Duane was a local farmer who passed away in 2002. Donna and Duane raised three children; Lisa, Matthew and Michael. Donna taught periodically at several local schools including the Vale, Oregon School District, Greenleaf Friends Academy as well as Treasure Valley Community College. Donna loved music and was involved for many years promoting the Treasure Valley Community Concert Series. Donna was very committed to her faith as a Christian and was always very involved in church activities. Donna dedicated her life to helping others; whether it be family, friends or complete strangers. Donna always looked for a way to improve the lives of others and wanted to leave every situation better than when she found it. Donna was committed to philanthropic causes; supporting local and international charities for years. Donna is survived by her three children; Lisa Van Leuven of Tumwater, Washington and her children, Jon, Jessica, Jacob and Jared and four great grandchildren, Jack, Elizabeth, Beau and Brady. Her sons include Matthew and his wife Erica Van Leuven of Meridian, Idaho and their children, Ella, Harrison, and Taylor, and son Michael and his wife Melinda Van Leuven of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and their children Kathryn, Ethan, Ryan and Brayden. Donna's brother Stanley and his wife Shirley Bray reside in Poulsbo, Washington. Donna is greatly missed by her family and friends. She has been a light in this world that cannot be replaced to those of us that loved her. Donna was buried next to Duane in the Park View Cemetery near New Plymouth on Saturday December 2, 2017. The burial was accompanied by a brief grave-side service attended primarily by her family, per Donna's wishes. Condolences may be made to Donna’s family at


  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 2, 2017

Donna Marie Van Leuven

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Tad and Rhonda Garred

December 8, 2017

VanLeuven Family,
We want to offer our condolences in the passing of your Mother. We had only become acquainted as neighbors last winter. We enjoyed the few conversations that we had over that time. We are so sorry to hear of her passing.

December 8, 2017

so sorry to read of the loss of your mom. I know my dad enjoyed working with your dad, and mom and dad always enjoyed socializing with your parents, too.
Your mom was always so kind to attend my parents community celebrations, too.
Linda Fisher-Berlanga (Bend, OR, formerly NP, ID)

Cindy Russell Thompson

December 7, 2017

Donna was our Sunday School teacher at the Fruitland Methodist Church. I learned so much about the Bible and Christian living from her. Her sweet spirit and loving heart will always be remembered. Lisa, Matt and Michael my heart is with you and I will be praying for your families.

Bob & Winnie Henggeler

December 7, 2017

Donna was such a valued member of our community and a huge asset to our concert organization. We will miss this beautiful lady who had so much class and integrity. Bob & Winnie Henggeler

December 6, 2017

A lady who was a great inspiration to me. I was privileged to play for her several times when she sang. I will truly miss you.
Liz Holsinger

Kirk Matsubu

December 5, 2017

Van Leuven Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Donna.
Duane and Donna were some of my oldest customers, since 1991. I would see them several times every year and it was always a pleasure talking to them.
My thoughts to the family.

Kristen Wells-Kauffman

December 5, 2017

I am saddened beyond words. She was such a kind, caring, and lovely person. I am truly heartbroken. She was so wonderful to our mom, too. We had such a special time with her during the eclipse this year. I will always remember her with fondness and love. Thoughts and prayers to all her family.

Diana Kaus

December 5, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of this beautiful lady's passing. I never saw your mom that I didn't get a hug. She was such a caring, thoughtful, truly exceptional person. My heart goes out to you all. I am blessed to have known her. You are all in my prayers.

Michelle Paulin

December 5, 2017

Mike, Matt, Lisa - my condolences. Donna was a beautiful person and I loved her very much. I enjoyed visiting her when I made trips home and her encouragement in my life made a huge difference to me. She was both my teacher and my friend. My heart goes out to you all.

Chad Huff

December 4, 2017

VanLeuven Family,
My sincere condolences on the loss of Donna. I was not aware she had passed and in fact, it was not long ago that I had spoken to her at the courthouse. She was always supportive of me and my office. She will be missed.
Chad Huff