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Donald R Packer

October 6, 1931November 19, 2020

Donald Richard Packer, 89, passed away on November 19, 2020 peacefully at home in West Jordan, Utah. He was born October 6, 1931 in Ogden Utah, son of Richard Leon Packer and Ruth Standing Packer. He married Voneal Green September 6, 1957 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and was happily married until Voneal’s untimely death in 1977. Out of this union three children were born, Tod Richard Packer, Shelly Ann Packer and Darrel Noel Packer. Don married Sally Ann Sibert Dickinson Packer November 22, 1991 who had 2 children from a previous marriage, Max Wayne Dickinson and Jerry Dickinson. Together Don and Sally cherished their 20 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

Don was a fabulous son, brother, husband, father, uncle and amazing friend to all, who believed in family and was an example of strength and love every day. He was honored to have served our country in the United States Navy and proud to have sailed on the USS Manchester. Don worked as a truck driver for many companies in Salt Lake City retiring from Yellow Freight in 1991. He lived by example and shared his love for all sports through coaching baseball, basketball and football for years. He had a passion for horses, most notably his favorite Double G Bars, a One in a Million stallion who took him to the nationals in chariot racing.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother in-law Pauline (Spence) Dewey, and 1st wife Voneal Green Packer. He is survived by his wife Sally Ann Packer, children Tod (Susan) Packer, Shelly (Tim) Tarver, Darrel (Kandius) Packer, step sons Wayne (Valorie) Dickinson and Jerry Dickinson, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews

A viewing for friends and family will be held from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 28th at Wasatch Lawn located at 3401 South Highland Drive. A private family service will take place at 2:00 pm. Burial will immediately follow the service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and masks will be mandatory for all in attendance


  • Sally Ann Packer, Wife
  • Tod (Susan) Packer, Son
  • Shelly (Tim)Tarver, Daughter
  • Darrell (Kandius) Packer, Son
  • Wayne (Valorie) Dickinson, Stepson
  • Jerry Dickinson, Stepson
  • Donaldis also survived by a 'host" of grandchildren, great, grandchildren, and many other family members and friends who will cherish his memory

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November 28, 2020

I remember Don and his love of his horses when I was growing up. I spent a lot of time with the family and have good memories. Don was always a good friend to us and he will be greatly missed. My prayers to Tod, Shelly and Darrel and their families.

Carol (Burnside) Varney

Nicole Greenfield

November 28, 2020

Don was one of the most loving person I know, my favorite times with him is feeding the horses together and him sharing all his racing stories with me. He would spend hours talking about how he loved spending time with Darrel riding out back in the evening’s after Darrel got home from work. I will never forget our time together as fellow horse lovers. Love ya Don

darlene davie

November 28, 2020

To Cowboy Don and his lady, Yours was an amazing life well lived. You were loved by all who knew you, dedicated priesthood holder, loving family man, wonderful athlete, amazing horseman. You were a friend and mentor to many.
I cried many tears as I watched you struggle and suffer, today my tears are happy tears, The Lords voice was heard and your suffering was ended.
I'm grateful you and Sally found love and happiness in these last 30+ years. She was so dedicated to you and in the end to your care. You deserve a great ride into the peace and love waiting for you. Roger and I bid you a loving goodbye.

Tonia Downward

November 27, 2020

Dear family,
This brings great sadness to my heart. Don was like a grandpa to me. He is the reason I have horses to this very day. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My dad (Dick Healy) also passes on his condolences. He too cherished Don and all of the great times they had together.

Jodie McAllister

November 27, 2020

My “Uncle Don” I say that like he is only my Uncle Don. That is how special he made one feel. Like you were his favorite. Everyone was his favorite. From the time I was just a little girl until his last days on this earth, he was always bigger than life. My sisters and I thought he was the nicest, most handsome, and strongest man on earth. He was our family movie star and we all had a crush on him. I am thankful that my own children and even grandchildren have been able to experience my “Uncle Don” I have been blessed to be a part of the Packer home. I love him and my favorite cousins forever and a day ❤️

JC Chavez

November 27, 2020

I have very fond memories of Uncle Don and visiting his property. I say his property because to me as a young boy his home stretched across what seemed to be a vast amount of land that went on forever.

It was always an adventure visiting Uncle Don. My sister, brother, and I could spend hours exploring his backyard and I loved catching garter snakes. The Packers had all the cool motorized toys. We would ride three wheelers, motorcycles, gokarts, and sometimes even the dogs. But most of all I was fascinated by his love of horses. It is perhaps the single most coveted memory I have visiting him. All of us kids loved when we had the chance to ride the horses, whether it was on the carousel or in the pasture. It was those days that I got to leave my normal “city” life behind and transform into a cowboy. Even though those days are now 30 years behind me, I can still vividly recall the feelings and emotions I had visiting Uncle Don. He and his place were truly something magical and never forgotten.

The man was larger than life, both figuratively and literally. He was quite possibly the strongest person I knew. I remember a story of him laying a horse out with a single punch. I always got a kick out of him challenging us kids to punch him in the gut. The man ate steel for breakfast and was built solid as a tank! But he was tough as he was kind. His love for family and friends were unmatched. There is not a time I can remember that he did not have a charismatic smile across his face. His smile most definitely lit up a room and his contagious laugh could be heard for miles. Whenever you were visiting with Don, he made you feel like you were the most important person in the world.

He was so rich in character and cherished by all. I am so thankful and blessed to have known such an amazing human being. Without a doubt, our world would be a much better place if it had more Uncle Don's in it. You will most certainly be missed, but I am glad we ALL have you watching over us.

Charlene Tarver

November 26, 2020

May God's grace allow you to remember the joys you knew with your dad. May He comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time.

Scott Pullan

November 26, 2020

Don was always like a second father to me and my brothers. I couldn't have asked for a better coach, mentor or friend. I miss all the hours in gyms and on baseball fields, the deer hunts in Salina Canyon or the trips to the desert. What I will miss most is Don’s gentle nature and contageous laugh.

Tod Packer

November 25, 2020

Dad was the very best example and taught us kids the importance of family and he always supported his children and grandchildren in anything they were involved in. He honored the Priesthood and paticipated in all blessings, baptisms, and confirmations.
He had faith in Jesus Christ and in the power of prayer and he would pray often. He had a soft heart and always looked out for those that needed a boost,yet he was a fierce fighter and defender of our family. Family was everything to Dad.
He was also a GREAT coach and teacher. He is truly one of God's Warriors and will be greatly missed!
I love you Dad!

Nancy and David McClellan

November 25, 2020

Don was one of the very best neighbors a person could ever ask for not only that he was a wonderful wonderful friend!!
He was also a wonderful father,
And husband.
We feel fortunate to have shared a portion of his life we will always remember him ❣️


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