Donald Alvin Gustafson

May 6, 1929April 4, 2021

Donald A Gustafson, 91, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Easter morning, April 4, 2021.

Don was born in Denver, Colorado on May 6, 1929. He attended West High school, received his BA degree from UNC and a Master of Music Education from CU Boulder. He taught instrumental music in Adams County schools for twenty-nine years before retiring in 1988. Mr. Gustafson was principal clarinetist in the Arapahoe Philharmonic for thirty-two years. He was also a member of the Central City Opera Orchestra for several seasons and was a member of the Denver Municipal Band for several decades.

Don’s beloved wife, Elizabeth, to who he was married exactly 50 years to the day, preceded him in death in 2003.

Don is survived by his children Richard, Pamela (Jeff) McNamara and David (Jennifer). He is survived also by his grandchildren Benjamin, Elizabeth, Alyssa, Audrey, Natalie, Patrick, Andrew, Joseph and Timothy.

A funeral service for Donald will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery, 7777 West 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. An entombment will occur at Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery, Morrison, Colorado following the service.

His final words were "I Am a Christian"

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Gustafson family.


14 April

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

Chapel of Peace

7777 West 29th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

14 April

Committal Service

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery

5928 South Turkey Creek Road
Morrison, CO 80465


Donald Alvin Gustafson

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Heather Davis

April 12, 2021

Prayers of comfort and peace for Don's family. I met Don, in what is now known as the Ambler Clarinet Choir, in about 1984. He was a wonderful clarinetist, and an even more wonderful human being, always supportive to other players. Don's technical skill on the clarinet was amazing. He loved playing! We still talked on the phone every so often. I know how much he missed his wife, and take comfort in knowing that they are now together again.

Debra Wilbur

April 12, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I met him back in the 80s, playing in Don Ambler's clarinet choir, and later when I joined the Denver Municipal Band in 1995, where he played the 1st clarinet part. He was the nicest man and seemed so kind - those qualities seem to be a bit less common these days.

Speaking of the band - I remember how we would chuckle when he and Ron would be frantically pawing through their folders, looking for the next piece we were supposed to rehearse or play on the concert (Gerry Endsley was famous for changing things at the concert). Kinda looked like two little old men trying to figure things out - but I say that with the greatest affection and respect for Don's fine musicianship and leadership.

What a life he had!