Our loving Husband, Dad, Granddad, and friend, Donald Lynn Nacey, 77, passed away peacefully on May 24, 2023, in St. George, Utah. Losing his battle to diabetes, renal failure, vascular disease, and heart disease (just to name a few).
Don was born March 8, 1946, in Salt Lake City to Alverda “Verda” Irene Osborne and Elmer Benjamin Nacey. Don grew up in Salt Lake City. He was the youngest of three children. He was adored by his sister Beverly Nacey Breen, and his brother Robert “Bob” Nacey. As a child he was independent and excelled at baseball and basketball.
As a teen he enjoyed working at Lakota Resort located in Bear Lake, Utah. There he enjoyed water skiing, swimming, and roller skating. While showing off his amazing roller-skating moves, he caught the eye of his sweet bride-to-be, Sharon Willis. Don and Sharon were married August 10, 1966, and have celebrated 57 wonderful years together.
Don and Sharon served the Ogden community for many years as owners of the Willis Company clothing store. They made many lasting friendships. Don was a wonderful Dad to son, Kirk, and daughter, Julie. Our family enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling, spending time at the Bear Lake cabin, camping, fishing, and traveling all over the western United States in a truck and an 8-foot camper.
Dad was an avid outdoorsman and thrill seeker who loved checking items off his bucket list. He loved white water rafting, with Desolation Canyon, and Grays Canyon being his favorites. He loved to tell stories about sneaking on and running huge Cataract Canyon rapids after the river access was closed due to critically high-water flow (sorry rangers), and how he almost died there two years in a row. Other stories he loved to tell included his 10lb rainbow trout caught on the Nushagak River, Alaska, his 8-foot 600 lb. Alaskan Brown Bear and his 7 pointe Elk, in Carbon County, Utah. There were not many years that he was not found camping in the mountains of Montana at Reservoir Lake, fishing and exploring on the four wheelers.
Don volunteered 20 years with the Weber County Sheriff’s Jeep Patrol and Weber County Sheriff Reserve performing hundreds of search and rescue missions. He was an awesome softball pitcher and loved playing for years with Kirk in the adult leagues. As Granddad, he loved supporting his grandchildren in their activities. Don was a successful real estate investor and property manager. He spent his last winters enjoying the sunshine in Mesquite, Nevada, where he loved to explore the desert, and drive his side by side. He enjoyed playing poker and gambling at the casinos. He was happiest when the people around him were enjoying themselves. Don always made the people around him feel special.
Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon; son, Kirk (Lorri); grandchildren, Ashlie Nacey Park (Joseph), Brycen Nacey, and Madison Nacey; and great-granddaughter, Lucia Ruby Park; daughter, Julie (Wade Rallison); grandchildren, Ryan Rallison, Kyle Rallison and Austin Rallison. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Verda Nacey; brother, Bob (Barbara) Nacey; sister, Beverly Breen; in-laws, John Willis and Betty Willis; as well as many family members and friends.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 North Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to diabetes or cancer research.
Services will be live-streamed and available the day of the services by scrolling to the bottom of Don’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.