DEL NORTE— Longtime Del Norte resident Donald Eugene McCallister, Sr., 90, passed away on July 1, 2019.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1928 in Del Norte to Vernon C. Sr. and Sylvia Spangler McCallister. Donald graduated from Del Norte High School in 1946. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Upon returning home, he graduated from Adams State College in Alamosa with a Bachelors Degree in Business. Donald spent many years working as the head bookkeeper and in sales at the South Fork Mill and later as a rural mail carrier around Del Norte and Center. He married Cora Lee Hawkey on May 20, 1975 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Donald is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cora Lee McCallister of Del Norte, his children, Karen (Tom) Hipsher of Lake Havasu, Ariz. and Mary Kay (Brian) Roberts of Monte Vista, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren as well as his brother Vern McCallister, Jr. of South Fork.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Donald E. McCallister, Jr. and his brother David McCallister of Del Norte.
A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Del Norte Cemetery in Del Norte. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Hospice Del Valle and may be made in care of the funeral home office. To express condolences, please visit www.rogersfunerals.com
Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista is in care of the arrangements.