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Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery - Crown Hill

7777 West 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO

OBITUARY

Donald Lee Tavis

January 8, 1940January 10, 2020
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Donald Lee Tavis of Lakewood, CO, beloved Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather was born on January 8, 1940, in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Harvey and Lelah Tavis. He was the second of four children. During his youth, the family moved to Denver with Don graduating from West High School. Shortly after graduation, Don met Karen Bray when he was 17. They married a few years later. Their loving union brought three beautiful children into this world, Jeff, David and Dawn. Don was a hard worker and a good provider.

Don’s friendships, forged at work, continued through his retirement. He was often at the local bowling alley (although he did not bowl) visiting with friends about social issues, the weather and ALWAYS sports. He rarely passed by an opportunity to “shoot the breeze” whether it be with clerks at the grocery store, tellers at his bank, or gas station attendants. He also cherished his time alone with an open book or a walk around the neighborhood.

Don’s greatest passion was his Green Bay Packers. An avid fan for years; you knew where to find him on any given Sunday during football season, somewhere in front of a TV. The family knew that the Packers recent win against the Seattle Seahawks was somehow influenced by Don (even though he had passed two days prior).

Don passed away at 80 years old on January 10, 2020 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Don is survived by son David (Rebecca) Tavis, daughter Dawn (Rod) Rivera, grandchildren Stacy (Matt) Greenwood, Stephanie (Link) Schulze, Skylar Tavis and Devin Rivera, great-granddaughter Paisley (and one on the way due late August 2020), his brothers Terry and Gary Tavis and close friends Ed and Bonnie McKee.He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Judy and son Jeff.

Services

19 January

Visitation

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery – Crown Hill

7777 West 29th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

20 January

Graveside Service

2:00 pm

Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery – Crown Hill

7777 West 29th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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Kate Vess

January 16, 2020

Terry and Gary, Sending you both and extended Family my Heartfelt Sympathy and Caring Thoughts. 💕Kate Vess

Rod Rivera

January 15, 2020

Shared many laughs and a few beers with my father in law. He was a genuine man with many great qualities. As long as I knew him, he never had a negative word to say about anyone. It didn't matter who you were, he treated everybody the same. Rest in peace Don. I love you.

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