Don S. Furukawa

May 22, 1926October 13, 2020

Don Furukawa was born on May 22, 1926, in Snowmass, Colorado when it was just a wide spot in the road. He passed away peacefully on October 13, 2020, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family.

Don grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado where his family farmed. After graduating from Grand Junction High School, he served in the Army for 2 years. He attended the University of Colorado for a year and transferred to the University of Denver where he graduated with a B.S. in Accounting. He worked in Washington D.C. and in Chicago before happily returning to Denver, where he began his employment with I.R.S. He retired after 30 years and became a real estate broker for the next 20 years.

Don was a member of Northglenn United Church of Christ for 56 years where he served in many capacities. He was a volunteer for 45 years in many areas, including civic and non-profit organizations. His most rewarding experience was with The Denver Hospice where he served for 20 years.

Don met his wife Mary at the University of Colorado. They were married on October 22, 1954, and made their home in Pueblo, Colorado and Denver, Colorado. They shared almost 66 years together.

He leaves his wife Mary, two daughters, Diane Krohn and Laura Furukawa, granddaughter Heather (Mike) Ramirez, grandson Justin (Jasmine) Krohn, great-grandsons Michael, Max and Moses Ramirez, sister Dahlia (Hiro) Toyama, and nieces and nephews.

On his life shield, Don had written the following: Favorite place: Home. Free time: Read - meditation. Personal motto: Service to humanity. Greatest achievement: Having family. Main occupation: Helping others. One thing that will make me happy: Remember me for what I tried to do and be.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northglenn United Church of Christ, 10500 Grant Drive, Northglenn, Colorado 80233.


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Don S. Furukawa

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elizabeth fukawa

October 22, 2020

When I was young, I was always happy to visit Uncle Don with my mom, enjoying his gentle, friendly presence. I’m so glad that as an adult, though our visits were few, my husband and I were able to share in his easy going, welcoming nature and wry humor, even enjoying the generous loan of his truck to explore the Colorado mountains. If our mission in life is to be a friend to others and to share our gifts, certainly he fulfilled that calling, from his dedication to family, and church, even extending his care to hospice service. I will always be grateful for having known him, and though I’m fully aware of the pain of his loss, I also know all who loved him can take solace in knowing he is enjoying the embrace of peace and wholeness and love his faith has assured him. Love to all.

Bernadette Judkins

October 15, 2020

I met Don/Bamp back in 2003 or 2004 He was a kind and polite soul. As the years would pass I would see Bamp for events and other times, and I saw that he loved his family and loved seeing his great grandchildren. I also saw that his presence always seemed to command respect from everyone that knew him including myself. As the years would pass I realized what a wonderful human being he was,
a military vet, a volunteer, a Christian and I knew he was someone special and understood why he was so loved and respected especially by my heather. I know he’s in the glory of God now and I believe this world is a better place for having Bamp in it for as long as it did. May you Rest In Peace and thank you for your beautiful family you have given to this world. God bless all the family.❤️


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