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Donald Charles 'Don' Clausen
Feb 19, 2014 - Staff
Donald Charles "Don" Clausen died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Wind River in Riverton. He was 81 years old.
Military graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.
Don Clausen was born Aug. 15, 1932, in King City, Calif., the son of Charles C. and Mary Ellen (Prewett) Clausen Jr.
He graduated from high school in King City, Calif., before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1950 until 1953 when he was honorably discharged.
In 1954, he married Marilyn Winchell in King City, Calif. The couple later divorced.
After serving in the Navy, he worked for a micro electronics company in California. He also worked as a police officer in Ventura, Calif. He moved to Wyoming in 1970, and he owned the Electric Center in Lander from 1971 until the 1980s. He and his wife, Marilyn, also owned and operated the Radio Shack in Lander. His family said he was the first to bring CBs, pagers and satellite dishes to Fremont County. He had a sound room in his business and was a well-known electronics innovator for Lander.
Mr. Clausen served as the director for the Lander Chamber of Commerce, as the general manager of programs for the city parks and as the president of the Wyoming State Winter Fair. He also was instrumental in building the winter fair and livestock building and was a board member for the Fremont County School District 1. He was a lifetime member of Lander VFW Post 954.
In 2000, he won the state historical society award in videography for the production for the history of Lander. In 2001, he flew over the Wind River mountain range with Larry Hastings and made a DVD that was internationally distributed by NOLS.
He served on the Wyoming State Softball Commission and pitched his last game at the age of 62. He was inducted into the Wyoming Hall of Fame that same year.
His family said he had a great gift and love for anything electronic and made his life's work through electronics. His hobbies included karaoke and horse shoe competitions, where he was a state champion in Class A. He enjoyed golfing every Thursday and was able to meet many movie stars in California. His family said he will be remembered for his Halloween parties on his street in Lander. Mr. Clausen was an accomplished big band drummer, and he passed his talents onto his children. His family said he also loved his membership in the Early Morning Coffee Group.
He is survived by his children, Donald C. Clausen Jr. and Debra Cowan of Stansbury Park, Utah, Rick A. Clausen and Kashane Caverly of Mesa, Ariz., Matthew D. Clausen and Susan Slade of Ironwood, Mich., Renee A. and Jim Fehlauer of Sidney, Mont., and Michelle A. Olsen of Cody; sisters Faye E. and Leon Criner of California, Shirley J. Hixson of Salinas, Calif., and Barbara Jo and Steven Gill of Camarillo, Calif.; grandchildren Heidi Fehlauer Curry (Bob), M'liss Clausen Fonger (Les), Jessica and Reed Clausen, Timothy Fehlauer (Julie), Meagan Fehlauer, Sarah Olsen Bell (Dan), Kimberly Olsen, Joshua Olsen (Jalissa), Nathan Olsen (Tina), Christian and Kashlee Clausen, and Colin, Vanessa and Madison Clausen; great-grandchildren Alexis Clausen, Katlyne Fonger, Alyssa and David Fehlauer, Jimi Curry, Logan and Cade Bell, Cynthia and Ezekiel Olsen, and Daya Olson; and Susanne Acker of Lander who was his "buddy" and caregiver for the past nine years. His family said she was his "right-hand man," and he couldn't have made it through his last years without her.
Memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.