Don was a dedicated Bay Area Habitat for Humanity construction volunteer. He was a hard worker and a problem solver. No problem was too big for Don. Calmly, he would consider a situation and come out with a solution. He was patient and kind and worked well with all of the passing volunteers, especially the younger ones. He offered his opinion when necessary, but trusted the instincts and craftsmanship of his fellow “regular” volunteers. Don never complained. Even to the very end, he made it a point to help out on the worksite in any way he could: cleaning up, doing a few odd jobs here and there, and continuing to spread joy and hope to everyone he encountered.
Ann Zimmerman, Don’s wife and also a BAHFH volunteer, and his two sons, joined the crew on the worksite last weekend. Don’s family and other volunteers who worked alongside Don for many years, shared stories of their time together. It was a bittersweet ceremony as everyone reflected on this great man and the impact he had on their lives. He has touched the lives of so many people in this community, and he is greatly missed. But the legacy he left behind will forever shine wherever BAHFH builds. Even though he is gone from this world, his memory continues to build hope in the community he cared so much for and committed his days to serving.
You were, are and will always be a blessing to this world.
We love you, Don. Rest in peace.
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