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Donald DeArmoun

Donald Frederick DeArmoun

Thursday, September 22nd, 1983 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Obituary

On August 10, 2020 a delightful, charming, curious, funny, stubborn and independent young man left our lives. Don DeArmoun was born in Alaska to a homestead family in South Anchorage. He had a zest for adventure in the outdoors, fishing, camping, hockey, and biking. His collection of books amazes everyone, reading and learning was a passion. He had a wonderful cadre of school friends, led by best buddy Hendrik, who remain close to this day. Don graduated West Anchorage High School in 2002. He believed deeply in serving his country and joined the Army Reserve, serving almost 2 years in the Iraq war and 8 years in the military. He was promoted to Sergeant at age 21.

Upon returning to the U.S. he went full Griz at the University of Montana, Missoula, graduating in History and Political Science. Don was always up for a good discussion. Life in Montana suited him well. He found great friends for outdoor adventures such as rafting, camping, hockey and motorcycle trips. Summer highlights were the several years he guided whitewater rafting trips on the Clark Fork River for friends at Western Waters in Cyr.

Annual fishing trips to the family cabin in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and holidays spent with family, especially his adored nephews Milo and Eli, rounded out a full life. The family would like to thank VA Dr. Murney who helped Don obtain his veteran's service dog - a Leonberger he named Gertrude. Gerde and he became inseparable and enjoyed strolling the Rattlesnake neighborhood and swimming in the creek.

Felled suddenly by Guillain-Barre' and complications, he entered St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, where he was cared for by capable, compassionate medical staff in the ICU who also stood proxy for families unable to visit due to Covid restrictions. A brief and joyous reunion between Don and Gerde was arranged and his mother will always be grateful for that supreme effort. Moved to the 4th floor, loving nurses cared for both Don and his mother, who was able to remain at his bedside. Thank you Lindsey.

Don now joins wonderful grandparents Ray and Wilma Johnson of Raft River, Idaho; June and Harold DeArmoun of Wasilla, Alaska. He is survived by mother Becky Peltz (Larry) of Polson, Montana, father Don, sister Bonnie DeArmoun (Seth, Milo & Elias Andersen) of Anchorage, and Vlasta Peltz (Ben and Brad). Adoring aunts, uncles and his many cousins offered love during this time. Those who deserve a mother's gratitude this week are Hendrik, Kaila, Jared, Derrick, Beth, Allison, Bonnie, Larry and Gerde.

The family requests no memorials or flowers, but asks you to step outside under a starry night and fill your heart with the magnificence of life. A celebration for Don will be held next summer in Kachemak Bay. "Grief never ends, but it changes. It is the price of love".
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Tom, Taryn and Tarah Peltz

Posted at 12:25pm
Don was a wonderful young man and we loved him the moment we met him. We will hold him in our hearts forever. Sending our love to you.

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Becky Peltz Posted at 08:27am

Thank you again for your support during our visit. We lean on your love.
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All the Osborns and Fords

Posted at 10:45am
Don will remain in our hearts forever. Sending prayers and love

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Becky Peltz Posted at 07:31am

Thank you Joan and family. We love you and appreciate your support.
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Kaila Passey

Posted at 03:32pm
Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed; our love to others, and others love to us. By Thomas Traherne Love you always and forever DFD!

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Becky Peltz Posted at 09:26pm

Thank you my sweet friend. You made an eternally sad week bearable. Always sending my love your way.
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MArla Murphy

Posted at 02:57pm
I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I was his 4th grade teacher at Inlet View. I have fond memories of Don's great smile, his wonderful sense of humor, and his great story ideas. I am proud of him and appreciate his military service. I will keep his family in my prayers during this difficult time. He left the earth way too soon but he is smiling down on his family and waiting to see them again someday.
 
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Becky Peltz Posted at 09:04pm

Thank you Mrs Murphy for the sweet memories and kind words. Our family appreciates your thoughtfulness.
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Paula Carpenter

Posted at 04:36pm
Dear Becky and Family,
I wanted to offer you my sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved son....
You and i were roommates at Providence Hospital on September 22, 1983, after we both delivered our babies that day. I had a daughter, Kathryn, and you had your Donald.
We didn't stay in touch at all, but I had to offer you my thoughts and prayers on the occasion of his loss.
It sounds like he was a wonderful person, and had quite a full life, short as it was. Your obituary for him was a lovely tribute, and you can be sure that I will celebrate him as you suggest. I will offer a prayer under a starry sky....
May God Bless and Keep Him -and all of you who love him!
Sincerely, Paula Carpenter
 
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Becky Peltz Posted at 08:12pm

Oh what a beautiful thought! You and I shared a magical day. Thank you for reaching out.
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