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Don A. Howard
Retired reclamation district manager
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Don A. Howard, 89, entered into rest on Sept. 14, 2009.

He was born on Sept. 11, 1920 in Lang, Saskatchewan, Canada.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Augusta Howard; sisters Wandalee Howard of Lang, Canada, Winnie Wells of Pond Creek, OK, Jean Eberle of Witchita, KS, and brothers Kenneth, Wilfred , Jack and Gordon Howard.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Pearl P. of 67 years - they were married Sept. 19, 1942 -; daughters Juanita Marie Howard, Fair Oaks, CA and Wanda Lee Howard, Ogden, UT, a grandson CPL Justin M. Howard U.S Army, currently serving in Iraq; a great-grandson Brandon Howard; a brother Frederick Howard of Enid, OK.  

In 1941 he moved to Galt, CA, where he met and married his wife.  He worked as a land leveler until he moved to Ryer Island in 1948 and became a Farm Manager for Louis Nixon Farms.  He spent 20 years as the Reclamation District Superintendent.  Mr. Howard was a member of the Ryer Island Fire Department for 31 years, serving as fire chief for 11 years.  He was honorary chief and fire marshal from 1980 until his retirement in 1987.  Don was also very active in youth activities and was a community 4-H leader for 17 years.  

After his retirement he moved to Manteca where he remained until his death.  He enjoyed the outdoors and his favorite activities were fishing, camping with family and friends, hunting, gardening, and he was an avid 49ers fan.  He dedicated the last 8 years of his life to being caregiver to his wife, afflicted with Alzheimer’s.  He was an extraordinary man, and while caregiver also battled cancer for 20 years.  

His visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, Lodi Funeral Home.  The memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 21, at the Lodi Funeral Home, 725 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi.   

Burial will follow at the Historic Lodi Cemetery, 5750 East Pine St., Lodi.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations, in his name, to the Alzheimer’s Association, Cancer Society or the SPCA.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009