Donald Montgomery Eddy (Dono)
A beloved father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, completed his life Friday, January 7, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones in Kanab, UT.
Donald was born June 20, 1933, on his family’s farm in Richwood, Ohio, to Ercil and Mable Eddy as the third of eight children. At 16, Don visited his sister, Maxine, in Kanab, Utah, for the summer where he spent his time working at the MacDonald sawmill. A short year later, the entire Eddy clan would travel west to make Utah their home. In 1953, Donald was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he spent two years serving his country while stationed in California and Washington states.
In January of 1959, Donald married his sweetheart, Sherry Anne Brown, and together, they raised five children. After their wedding, Don started working on the Glen Canyon Dam as a welder, where he could afford to be a family man AND own a car – he had it all. He was a skilled mechanic and spent a few years working on boat motors for Grand Canyon Expedition.
As a superior craftsman he built his own contracting company, Eddy Builders, from the ground up. His work can be found throughout Washington State, Southern California, and Utah, but especially here at home, in Kanab, where you can see his touch in our neighborhoods, downtown, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and the Fredonia City Town Hall. He was given the nickname “Fast Eddy” and loved to recall the times where he and his crew could frame up to four houses in one day. Donald was extremely proud of the racing team he built with his grandsons. He spent countless hours tinkering on motorcycles and traveling to races on the weekends. In 1999 his team won the Southern Utah Title.
Don enjoyed music and was a talented guitar player. Play the man a tune and he could pick up the cords and play it back to you without ever learning to read music. When he wasn’t building houses or out on the track, Don spent time fishing and took pleasure in the company of anyone willing to jump in the boat with him. Most summer days, you could find him out in his garden, sunbathing without a shirt. If you ask any of his granddaughters, they’ll tell you how they envied his golden tan. He was a relentless tease to all of his grandkids and was known by many as a jokester. Luckily, he was a jokester with a camera, capturing as many laughs and memories as he could.
Above all else, Don was a giver and loved with a force stronger than most. When Sherry was diagnosed with cancer, Don fought by her side every second of the six-year battle; he was there until the very end. Don’s family finds comfort knowing the two are reunited, along with his parents, four sisters, Maxine, Melba, Ilene, Phyllis Anne, and brother Melvin. He is survived by his two siblings, Chuck and Linda. His 5 children, Don Jr (Tina), Brenda (Van), Mark, Peter (Leslie), and Kathryn (Kevin). His fourteen grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.
Viewings will be held Thursday, January 13th, from 6 to 7 PM, and Friday the 14th, 11-11:50 at Mosdell Mortuary, 676 S. Highway 89A, Kanab, Utah. Graveside services will be held at the Kanab City Cemetery at 12:00 PM. Services were arranged with Mosdell Mortuary.