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Don Fisher

April 22, 1934 – January 27, 2009

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POSTED January 31, 2009 5:05 a.m.
Don Fisher passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.   Don was greeted in heaven by his wife of 43 years Evelyn Fisher, his son Richard (Patty) Ulibarri and by his parents Henry and Delta Fisher.  Don will be missed by his daughter Nancy (Greg) Stryker of Ceres, sons; Randy (Kathy) Ulibarri, Gary (Mary) Ulibarri, Anthony (Norma) Ulibarri of Manteca, daughters; Karen Stanton, Karla Smith, Kellye Fisher and son Kevin Fisher as well as by his ten grandchildren and one great grandson.  He is survived by his brothers; Ralph Fisher, John Fisher; and sister; Francis Masuda, Nancy Wright, and Susan Fisher-Kirshner.

Don was born in Seminole County, Oklahoma, and as a young child travelled several times with his parents between Oklahoma and California.  Eventually, Don settled in Fremont where he resided for over 60 years.  Don lived the last year of his life in Ceres with his daughter, Nancy Stryker.  Don served in the U.S. Navy for four years beginning in 1952 as an aviation electronics technician; radar operator.  Upon his honorable discharge from military service, Don returned to work as a steel worker at Pacific States Steel Corporation in Union City.  Don worked for PSSC for 27 years and was Superintendent of the Open Hearth Furnaces, responsible for all steel melting and pouring operations, until the plant’s closure in 1978.  Don later worked as a Correctional Officer for the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections, assigned to the Elmwood Correctional Facility.  He entered into the correctional academy at the age of 55 and retired with over 5 years of service.

Don married Evelyn Fisher on June 16, 1965, and as a loving and devoted husband was at her bedside when she peacefully passed away on June 10, 2008, six days prior to their 43rd wedding anniversary.  

Don enjoyed golfing, camping, boating and fishing and was an avid sports fan.  His favorite teams were the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers.  Don’s most treasured memory as a sports fan was wildly cheering with family and friends in the right field bleachers at the Oakland Coliseum, on the night of May 8, 1968, when Jim “Catfish” Hunter pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins.  A baseball rarity and truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Don will be missed by his family and cherished friends.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Don Fisher’s memory be to the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Avenue, Hughson, California, 95326

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 32992 Mission Blvd, Union City, CA. 94587.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009
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