Donald Nicholas Langenhorst passed away on April 17, 2011. He died at home with family and friends at the age of 77. Donald was born on July 17, 1933, to Nicholas and Wilemena (Van Dam) Langenhorst in Sheldon, Iowa. He was married to the love of his life, Linda Lou Lien, on July 25, 1998, at the C.C. Camp Upper Blanco Campground in Pagosa Springs. He met her at the Stockade Bar and Restaurant in Crestline, Calif., in September 1985.
Donald’s love for the mountains brought him and Linda to Pagosa Springs in 1992, where they met a unique selection of friends.
Known to many as Uncle Donald, he loved his quotes, Tabah Tabah, Hey Baby, Que Paso? And he always had a great sense of humor. But, most of all, he loved his wife, firearms, hunting camp at Kenny Flats, boating at Navajo, barbequing and entertaining with his favorite recipes personally prepared by him at his famous kitchen counter, known to all as Dr. Kessler’s office.
Donald joined the Navy in July of 1951. He served on the USS Laertes during the Korean War until July 1959. He belonged to the VFW Post 9695, National Rifle Association, North American Hunting club (life member), Silver Foxes Den, (US Navy) veteran of Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Brewster; parents Nicholas and Wilemena Langenhorst.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Langenhorst, and dog Ginger, of Pagosa Springs; stepdaughter Cheryl Lien; grandson D.J. Lien, of Pagosa Springs; daughters Cindy (Chuck) Odom, of Hesperia, Calif., Cheryl (Bill) Harris, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; son, Jeff Langenhorst, of Ontario, Calif.; stepdaughters Deanna Lien, of San Diego, Calif., and Tamara (John) Reyes, of LaDera Ranch, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, David and Delilah Langenhorst, of Lakeside, Calif. He also loved his four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren very much.
The family wishes to thank Hospice Home Care and all their associates. Without them, we could not have given him the excellent quality of life that he so needed. Thanks also to Dr. Robert Brown and all the friends who visited him. He will be greatly missed.
Donald would want us to mention his personal caregivers and thank them by name. Thank you, Dennis Martinez, Dreux and Maria, Kaleb Kopp, Gary and Jaimie, Frieda and Duane, Tim Spencer, Tim and Jessica Bilazzo, Pete and Marilyn Dach and The Pagosa Bar.
A memorial in his honor will be announced at a later date.