Donald Lee Coufal

September 24, 1949November 19, 2019

Donald Lee Coufal was born on September 24, 1949 and passed away on November 19, 2019.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 6, 2019


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Cameron Crowe

December 5, 2019

Don is one of the rare people you meet in this world who leads with heart and soul. He'll lean in and talk with you, eyes always focused on yours, and get right to the epicenter of things. With quiet razor-sharp powers of observation, he'll tell you what he's seen or what he's feeling... and its always through the prism of brilliance and empathy. He roots for everybody and everything wonderful in this life, and reflects it back to us with his special smile and that twinkle that lives forever. Miss you and love you brother. Your love and loyalty means the world, and will always be present with us, his friends, his co-workers, and his wonderful family. No need for past tense, Don is with us always. Right now and every day after. We love you brother!

David Goldsmith

December 4, 2019

Working in film provides one the opportunity to fill their soul with unique and amazing experiences. Among the most important, are the people you meet.

With them, you share the amazing journey of locations, process, and art. In my 25 years of interaction and adventure, Don will always represent the best of the best.

As an artist, collaborator, technician, and human being... Don Coufal left a lasting impression upon me and everyone he journeyed with on this trek.

This sad loss, is overshadowed by the brilliance given back to so many who were lucky enough to be on a crew with Don. As for me, I also had the great fortune to call him "Friend" and I am forever grateful for that gift.

Donny, you will be missed but never forgotten, THANK YOU!

Thomas Causey

December 4, 2019

Don was bigger than life person.
I had the pleasure of working with him.
He will be remembered fondly. Rest In Peace.

Peggy Names

December 4, 2019

I have known Don since 1973 when he worked with my ex-husband, Art Names, on a small, indy horror film entitled "The Severed Arm". Our lives have intertwined on an off over the decades in social circles, work environments and union business.

Don was the most focused, talented, confident, dedicated, respected, boom operator that everyone aspired to be. He was a good union man, contributing years of service on the Board of IATSE Local 695. Together, with Jeff Wexler, they headed up the education committee to share their knowledge with the membership. He gave of himself so that the art and passion for quality sound would be embraced by others.
Don was the filmmaker that strove to contribute in anyway and every way to deliver the best possible story to the audience. He usually achieved cooperation from other departments because he approached everyone with respect and as equals as he enlisted them on the team of quality storytelling.
Don's passing has sent shockwaves through our industry as he was loved, respected and admired by MANY, including me..

Neal Preston

December 2, 2019

Don was one of the people I always looked forward to seeing on set. He had this disarming smile and an ever-present twinkle in his eye that just made me feel better, no matter how tired or grumpy I was. And it was obvious he really cared about doing his job at the highest level possible. Sometimes I’d stand back and just watch him, fascinated. I became convinced he had a third eye in the back of his head. He knew where I was gonna stand before I’d even thought about it.
During the first week of “Almost Famous” we were shooting a scene in a tiny room- so tiny there was barely enough room for the actors, much less the camera operator, his assistant, Don with his boom, and myself with a couple of blimps. Don whispered to me, “you might want to get what you need during the rehearsal”. I took his advice but I stayed around for take one, during which I received a quite healthy poke in the ribs courtesy of Don’s boom. His broad smile after we cut let me know it was Don’s way of welcoming me into the club.
I’d do anything for another poke in the ribs from him.
My condolences to Don’s whole family, and also to Jeff . We’ve all lost one of the really good guys.
Rest In Peace, Don. You’ve earned it.
Much love,

john bauman

December 2, 2019

I met Don when I mixed ACS: People vs. OJ. We were shooting on an overpass in L.A. The scene and virtually the entire crew were on the middle of the bridge and I had set up the sound cart on the side nearest the working trucks. We owned the bridge so I didn’t mind running our extension cord across the street. I remember sitting at the cart reading the sides when I noticed Don laying several carpets over top over our extension cord. I went over to tell him not to bother as there was literally no foot traffic nor was our one cable the only one crossing the street. As I approached, Don looked over to what appeared to be the parking lot security guy and said, “Is that good?”. Yeah, the parking lot security guy had asked Don to cover our measly extension cord for safety reasons. I would have briefly (and begrudgingly) explained how the obvious lack of any traffic negated his request. Yet, here was the legendary Don Coufal lugging around enough carpet to cover a single cable across a two-lane road without a hint of irritation. As we walked away, I asked him why he bothered. With a smile on his face, he told me the guy just wanted to contribute. He was happy to give him that. I will never forget it. By the end of the week, I knew Don was cut the same cloth as the men who had mentored me. Jeff Wexler said Don wasn’t only a sound guy, he was a filmmaker. That is absolutely not a cliché and remains the biggest lesson I’ve ever learned. He epitomized that quality. He had a way of striving to solve problems that was enthusiastically inventive. I believe he enjoyed it, which is why I think he was always smiling whenever he talked to me about a shot. Over the next few years, I would always try to get Don to fill in with me. He inspired me not just to excel in my job, but to enjoy what we get to do. He made an indelible impact on me, and I will miss him dearly.

Glen Trew

November 30, 2019

I had known of Don Coufal for twenty + years, primary through those who had worked with him, particularly Jeff Wexler. It was difficult to believe the all the praise I heard, until, that is, I worked with Don myself on some commercials, a feature film, and a television series, and we became friends. Believe it... All of the praise and adoration are well deserved. I have nothing but respect for Don, both as a filmmaking professional, and love for the way he lived.

Larry & Joyce Coufal

November 23, 2019

God's Blessings during this difficult time. Keep his memories and love in your hearts. Our condolences for your loss.

Bella Marquez

November 22, 2019

Libby and Emma

I appreciate the trust you have placed in me with the care of your dear father, its my honor to help your family through this. I'm here to support you in the days ahead I want to extend my condolences once again for your loss.


Lenore Alexander

November 22, 2019

Don and the girls 💜