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“We are so sorry for your loss, he lived quite an amazing life. Due to a previouse familial obligation we will not be attending his celebration of...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Adam and Meli Penberthy - Phoenix, AZ

“Pop pop, you will be missed, times we spend together we're full of love and hope and to me life could not be any better. Your in a better place and...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Melissa Gillson - Avondale, AZ

“So very sorry to hear this. Don's dad,Roy, and my grandmother, Adeline Helms Tohol, were brother and sister. My sincere sympathy. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: JoAnn Dietrich - Powhatan Point, OH

“The car trip in 2005 from Phoenix to Flagstaff was amazing! Uncle Don was a great tour guide! Me, Pete and Micki (U. Don's sister, Ferne's children)...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Toni Sleeme - Powhatan, VA

“Whenever he would come into the Legion, everyone would be so delighted to see him. We couldn't wait for him to start telling his jokes. Truly a...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Hofstede - Green Valley, AZ

“My dear little friend I will miss that smile and holding your hands when they got cold. . It was a pleasure to serve you the same way you served our...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Helms....I, too, worked at Goldwaters as was fortunate enough to work for him in the Scottsdale store during the late seventies. What a fun and...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Kim Anton - Paradise Valley, AZ

“Don was a mentor, boss, best man in one of my weddings and most of all a friend. There have been many people in my life...none better than Don. If...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: PAUL DAVIS - SURPRISE, AZ

“We are residents of Esperanza and we will surely miss Don's wonderful sense of humor and his always upbeat attitude. Roger and Sandi Oster ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“We will dearly miss our next door neighbor and all his wonderful stories. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jim and Janet Fischer - MN

“Don will be missed by his friends at American Legion Post 131. He lit up the place whenever he arrived and always had a smile. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Sam Barnard - Green Valley, AZ

“Don was so witty, knowledgeable and a wonderful pleasure to listen to. Even though our time with Don was short, we enjoyed every moment when we had...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Jon and Tona - Sahuarita, AZ

“Don brought smiles to the faces of many seniors and staff at the Casa Community Center where he joined us for lunch for many years. He was a kind...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Ellen March - Green Valley, AZ

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Don 94 of Green Valley, AZ passed away peacefully at home Friday August 4, 2017. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Don was born July 22, 1923 in Stewartsville Ohio, graduated from high school in 1941. Given the onset of the war, it was not very long before he was called to serve his country. Don served his country, both honorably and heroically for the U.S. Army during WWII.
After the war ended he attended Pittsburgh College achieving his master's degree, married and started his family. Don worked as a buyer for several department stores; in September of 1961 he relocated his family from Ohio to Scottsdale, Arizona where he continued his profession as a buyer in merchandizing and store manager at Goldwaters. In 1986 Don retired where he and his wife Marjorie relocated to Green Valley Arizona. While residing in Green Valley Don accepted a part time position driving for Jim Click Ford and continued to working an additional 16 years.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie, his son Mark, his daughter Kristina and his reunited great friend and love Jean McClellan. Don is survived in life by his grandson Brent Gillson and his wife Melissa, grandson Corey Gillson, five great grand children, several nieces and nephews, and his former daughter in-law Maryjo Helms/Hollabaugh.
Don has touched so many lives and will be missed dearly from all who have had the great fortune of him being a part of their lives, even if it was just for a brief moment. Don had a way to bring joy, love, and laughter to everyone he encountered.
Don's internment with honor's will be held Friday August 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Marana Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 15950 N. Luckett Rd. Marana, AZ 85653.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday August 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm at Pima Friends Meeting 931 N. 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ 85705. Please join us after at 5:00 pm for a reception at the American Legion Madera Post 131. 249 W. Esperanza Blvd. Green Valley AZ 85614.
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In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Don, to the Wounded Warrior Project at or call 1-877-832-6997.