Donald Sidney Ellis
July 16, 1931 – January 17, 2020
" BUBBA " DONALD SIDNEY HENNENBERRY DUBUSSY STEWART ELLIS " COWBOY BOWLER " " 4 YEARS OLDER THAN DIRT "
BUBBA PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY ON JAN. 17TH 2020 IN HIS HOME. HE WAS BORN IN CHICAGO ON JULY 16TH 1931. BUBBA AND GRAMS WERE HAPPILY MARRIED FOR 67 YEARS. HE STARTED BOWLING AND RIDING BULLS AT 17 YEARS OLD, HE WAS AN AMAZING BOWLER TRAVELING ALL OVER THE U.S. WITH HIS TEAM. HE WAS HURT BY A BRAHMAN BULL THAT CRUSHED HIS ARM ON THE 4TH OF JULY 1949 AT THE PRESCOTT RODEO . HE WAS SUPPOSE TO BOWL IN A TOURNAMENT A FEW DAYS AFTER THE RODEO. HE HAD MANY SURGERIES OVER THE YEARS AND WORE A CAST FOR OVER 5 YEARS. MADE A COMEBACK SOON AFTER BOWLING WITH HIS CAST ON. HE WAS A TRAVELING SALESMAN BEFORE HE AND HIS FATHER OPENED AMERICAN PLUMBING SUPPLY COMPANY IN 1958. HE WAS A VERY WELL RESPECTED MAN IN THE INDUSTRY THAT HELPED MANY COMPANIES GET THERE FIRST START OVER THE YEARS. HE WENT TO KENILWORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND PHOENIX UNION HIGH. HE HAD 3 BEST FRIENDS FROM GRADE SCHOOL PAUL LEWINTHAL WAS PASSED AWAY A MONTH PRIOR, MARTY HIRSHBURG AND KING STRAUS.
HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE BETTIE SUE, SON RANDY AND DAUGHTER ARLENE AND HUSBAND MARK FAUCHER. 5 GRANDKIDS JACOB AND TYLER ELLIS, MISHA & HER HUSBAND BEN SHIELDS, WESLEY & HER HUSBAND MATT NOLAN AND WHITNEY FAUCHER. 4 GREAT GRANDKIDS ABBY ELLIS, SHEA SHIELDS & HER SISTER AND ELI NOLAN. GREAT NIECE SARA LEWIN & HER HUSBAND DANIEL AND GREAT GREAT NIECE OLIVIA LEWIN. PLUS MANY GREAT FRIENDS FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.
DON WAS A GREAT MAN, HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, GREAT GRANDFATHER, AND FRIEND. A ONE OF A KIND PERSON WHO WILL BE DEARLY MISSED.
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Donald Sidney Ellis
February 18, 2020
To the Don Ellis Family,
We were so saddened to learn of Don's passing.
Us four Haas kids have the fondest memories of Don. He was truly one of the kindest men we have ever known.
The memories of running around American Plumbing, inventories and trying to help our dad cut pipe will live on forever....
Thank you Don for the nicest treatment any person could ever receive from one of a kind.
Gina, Denise, Robbie and Rich Haas
February 17, 2020
So many great memories that can be written about Bubba. I dont even know where to start. I basically grew up working at American Plbg Supply for 21 years. Bubba was like a second father to me and was always there to listen if I ever needed to talk about anything. He was always so thoughtful to me and my family. It was such a fun time in my life working there. I always thought Bubba should have written a book about American Plbg and all the characters that came through there over the years. It would have been a great book:) I always love the story when Bubba retired(or at least he said he was retiring lol) We had a big surprise retirement party for him and had all his buddies roast him and it was so funny. I think he really enjoyed that party. But the funny thing was the week after the party here comes Bubba to the office just like any other day. We were all like what are you doing here you retired and should be relaxing and enjoying life. Well he pretty much showed up everyday after retirement at least for part of his day for several years after. I guess that was part of his enjoyment was coming in to see all the long time customers and chat with them. I do know all those customers really enjoyed talking with him . You will certainly be missed but your wonderful stories an memories will never be forgotten.