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Donald F. Roush

May 24, 1929 May 21, 2020
Donald F. Roush
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Donald Fredrick Roush, a fifty-year resident of Perry Park, Colorado died peacefully in the early hours of May 21, 2020. Everyone who met Don loved him. He was the life of the party with his laughter, quick wit, gifted story and joke-telling, and his rich and unique repertoire of drinking songs. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Betsy, and their two surviving sons Larry and Lon, Larry’s partner Bill, Lon’s wife Missy, and their children Lauren and Lindsey. Their oldest son Lee passed away in 2007.

Don grew up in Beaver, Pennsylvania and then while attending Penn State, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1950. He was stationed at Lowry AFB before his transfer to Little Rock where he was a navigator/bombardier on a B-47. His co-pilot set Don and Betsy up on a blind date and they got married less than a year later in Reno before moving to Japan. They went on to Okinawa, Cheyenne (where he served in the Atlas Rocket/ICBM program), Salt Lake City as a meteorologist, Minot, and back to Colorado Springs.

One year before retiring as a Major in the AF, they settled their young family in beautiful Perry Park in 1969. Don became the manager of the Manor House (now Perry Park Country Club) before he managed the Echo Hills Club for many years. Don made going out to Echo Hills a real treat – not only were the views spectacular from every window, but the food and entertainment were remarkable for such a small growing community. Don started the 4th of July fireworks tradition over the lake and "Family Nights" at the club. He finished out his career as a real estate agent from 1982-1994 and helped many families purchase their dream homes in the Larkspur area. The only thing Don may have loved more than a good party was winning at dominos or gin rummy or bocce ball.

We remember him as a fun-loving family man who never lost his sense of humor. We are so grateful for the loving and excellent care he received during his last year at Jackson Creek Memory Care Center in Monument and for the hospice care given by Suncrest. They provided him the comfort and dignity he so deserved. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift in Don’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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