Donald Orson Roberts of Paso Robles, fell asleep for the last time early Saturday, March 29, 2014, with his loving companion, Karen Becket by his bedside.
He was born in Glendale to John and Mabel Roberts on March 21, 1939 and grew up in La Crescenta. He was a member of St Luke’s of the Mountains Episcopal Church, an Eagle Scout and a Lifeguard/WSI at Indian Springs in Montrose. He was a Charter Member of the Lake Elizabeth Ranch Club and later a member of the Crescents, a car club which was sponsored by area businesses. After serving in the Army as a heavy equipment mechanic, he returned home to marry Inta Strazdins and was the proud father of Nicholas Todd and Michael James; which the family separated when the boys were young.
Don was employed with United Clearance for several years and lived in Sacramento. Some of his happiest stories were of life in Big Bear where he chased horses, plowed snow and operated a gas station. He moved to Paso Robles in the Summer of 1977 and purchased the gas station on 9th and Spring.
After over 20 years as a Sr. Psychiatric Technician at Atascadero State Hospital, Don retired to share many tales of the “Old West” with his youngest son, John, who was his primary care provider during rougher times.
Cancer took his oldest son, Nick in 2012; and a traffic accident claimed the life of his grandson, Steven last fall.
Our family is grateful for the caring staff at Twin Cities Community Hospital, our rapid response emergency teams and the kindness that is tangible in our community, Ted Hunters humor, a walk in the park and “soup to go” from Chico’s.
Our dear Uncle Don will be fondly missed by the Sznejkowski and Owen families of Paso Robles; the Gilberts of Santa Monica; Dons’ daughter, Donna, granddaughter, Krysten in San Diego; extended family and many friends.For the complete article see the 04-04-2014 issue.
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