Donald B Rawlings

April 14, 2019


Beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend Donald B Rawlings passed away peacefully on April 11, 2019, in St. George, UT, after a long battle with complications from an illness. Donald was born to John Arnold (Brigg) Rawlings and Hannah Cleo Barlow on August 16, 1934, in Centerfield, UT, and was raised in Orem, UT.

Donald attended Lincoln High School and as a youth he worked beside his father to raise horses and attended to the family farm and orchards. Donald also had a job at Timp Drive-in where he ran the projectors. He was an iron worker at US Geneva Steel until it shut down.

On June 25, 1954, Donald married his sweetheart Jeanette Chamberlain of Provo, UT, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together, they built their family home where they adopted and raised their three children. Donald had an enormous heart and opened his home to several family members and friends. He was the man who quietly cleared the ice and snow from church parking lots and neighbor’s driveways without being seen or asked.

Donald was a patriot who loved this country and was proud to have served in the United States Army from 1957 – 1959 as a welding instructor and was in the active reserve until 1963. He was a devoted scout master and loved his boys dearly. He took them on kayaking and rafting trips and even taught them to build their own kayaks. Throughout his life, Donald had an inherent love for riding and raising horses and was a lifelong member of the Orem Riding Club. He won awards and trophies and continued riding, competing, and placing well into his late seventies.

In death as in life, Donald continues to give by donating his body to aid and benefit others.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents: John Arnold (Brigg) Rawlings; Hannah Cleo Barlow; and his son, Ryan Donald Rawlings.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 65 years, Jeanette Chamberlain Rawlings; his daughters: Donnette Rawlings and Jerilyn Rawlings Porcaro; eight grandchildren: Heather (Brandon), Ashley, TyRell (Amanda), Austin, Stephen, Alex, Alyssa (Spencer), Emily; and five great-grandchildren: Connor, Kayla, Mason, Mia and Lily.

Services will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Spring Haven Ward Chapel at 2300 West 1500 North in Lehi, Utah. Family, friends and loved ones are invited to gather to share memories, laughter, tears, and photos before the services at 10 a.m. A memorial service will follow at 11.

Donald had a profound influence in our lives and he will be greatly missed.