In Loving Memory of D'On Marie Jensen Wachtler
D'On Marie Jensen Wachtler, born on June 29, 1932, in Brigham City, Utah, to Sadie Dunn Jensen and Parley William Jensen, peacefully passed in American Fork, Utah on January 18, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Her life, rich with love and lavish memories, leaves behind a legacy that transcends time.
D'On, a graduate of Box Elder High School, navigated life with true resilience and fashionable authenticity. Marriages to Raulon Nelson, Ronald L. Turpin, and William (Bill) Wachtler added chapters to her life story, each marked by love and family. She worked as a bank teller at Commercial Security Bank and secretary at Field Oil Co. and The Tooth Doctor. Her work ethic was amazing—no exaggeration needed. Precision, passion, and a touch of her signature spark defined her professionalism– performing above and beyond and in 5-inch heels and a red lip to boot.
A true Utahn, D'On found joy in the simple pleasures– from family poolside gatherings and evenings cheering on the Jazz to spending mornings on her deck with the comforting aroma of coffee and muffins. Her skilled hands ensured that perfectly ironed clothes and a pristinely kept household were a symbol of her love, care, and attention.
Throughout her later years, D'On embraced the quiet joys of crossword puzzles and coloring, creating scenes of contentment in the backdrop of her daily walks and lively phone conversations with loved ones– recapping all of the family's milestones like the true matriarch she was. Her collection of family pictures? A visual masterpiece, capturing the unwavering pride she held for her family. Up until her passing, she was thrilled about a particular picture– the anticipation of becoming a great-great-grandmother, symbolized by a precious sonogram. Excitedly looking forward, D'On eagerly awaited the next generation in her family's evolving legacy.
In remembrance, she is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, and former husbands Raulon and Ron. Additionally, she joins her sister, Patricia (Patti) Wangsgard, brother-in-law Lew Wangsgard, daughter Traci Lee Turpin, and son-in-law Neff Clay Waterfall.
D'On's legacy is carried forward by her surviving relatives, including her brother, Newell (Merese) Jensen, and her daughters, JoAnn Waterfall and Julie (Kenny) Potter.
The family tree extends to include her grandchildren: Brandi (Stephen) Armstrong, Dustin (Tamara Merrell) Waterfall, Brittney (Paul) Lafitaga, Tiffani (Holly) Waterfall, Bryson (Lexi) Dillman, Michael Dillman, and Caitlin Dillman. Further, her great-grandchildren—Daxx Waterfall, Oaklyn Waterfall, Keanston Lafitaga, Emily Armstrong, Miya Armstrong, Xander Marquez, Maverick Dillman, Ember Dillman, and Emy Dillman—bear witness to the lasting impact of her love and presence.
May we celebrate D'On for her feisty spirit, resilience, and the effortlessly chic way she embraced life. As we bid her farewell, may the memory of her life inspire love, connection, and cherished moments for generations to come.
Written By Daxx Waterfall – Great Grandson
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah. Friends may visit with family on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery, 300 South 300 East, Brigham City, Utah.