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Born:November 18, 1925
St. George, Utah
Died:July 10, 2004
Oxnard, California

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Don was born in St. George, Utah, the son of Harold J. and Doris S. Reber. He was raised on his parents’ desert farm in Littlefield, Arizona, 40 miles south of St. George on the banks of the Virgin River, where he learned the work ethic that would serve him well. One of five-year-old Don’s chores was to keep the wood chopped and the kindling box filled. He remembered for the rest of his life the weight of that first responsibility. If there wasn’t enough wood for the stove, the family didn’t eat. He never forgot the lesson. 

Grade school was “District Number Nine,” a one-room schoolhouse heated by a coal furnace. Arizona summers were blazing, but the winters got plenty cold. The kids took turns stoking the coal. After high school in nearby Bunkerville, Nevada, Don left home for Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he met, courted and married Elaine Walton.

He worked his way through BYU as a radio announcer at the local radio station, KOVO, and was affectionately nicknamed “The Voice” by his listening audience. For the rest of his life he would be known for his beautiful vocal delivery.

Upon graduation, he and Elaine moved to Logan, Utah, where he continued his radio career at KVNU for three years. Although radio was in its heyday and Don’s work behind the microphone exciting, television loomed on the horizon. Also, two moves in quick succession foreshadowed a transitory life, and Don yearned for roots and stability for his young family.

He returned to college, earning a degree from USAC in Logan, then Washington University Dental School in St. Louis. After graduation, it was on to California for the then mandatory two-year stint for Uncle Sam. Don fell in love again. This time with the Monterey Peninsula. He stayed for the rest of his life.

Ever joyful and energetic, he and Elaine loved, nurtured, educated and inspired their seven children. Scrupulous in his personal integrity, Don served his profession, holding posts as Chairman of the Ethics Committee and President of the Monterey Bay Dental Society. Able, gentle and generous, he cared for his beloved patients for 49 years. He retired in February 1997.

Don personified his Christian values as a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served over the course of his life as Branch President, Bishop, High Councilor, Stake President and Patriarch.

He loved his life and the people in it. He honored his faith. Earned his way. And left the world a finer place for having been here.

Funeral services and internment were held Friday, July 16, 2004, at 10am at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy, Utah (1950 E. 10600 S.); visitation was at 9am Friday, prior to the service.

A memorial service was also held Monday, July 26, 2004, at 2pm at the LDS Chapel in Seaside, California (1024 Noche Buena Street at Plumas Avenue).

Just think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched;
For nothing loved is ever lost,
And he was loved so much.
His memory is his keepsake
With which we'll never part;
God has him in His keeping,
We have him in our hearts.

To hear the famous "Old Shep" song his children and grand-children know and love because of Don's singing it, copy and paste the following web address into your browser.

To learn more about Don's faith, visit The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' web site at

Great-Grandpa Reber June 2003
Added by Dawn-Marie

Salute to Gramps
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Funeral Program Sandy, Utah
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Memorial Program Monterey, California
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Personal Notes

Dear Elaine and family
I just wanted to tell you how much your family has meant to our family over the years. Bishop Reber was such a positive influence on my Dad, Ellis Potter, and I wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated. My sister Marie called to tell us that Don had passed away. We will be going down to see Mom this week and I am taking a copy of the obituary to share with her.

Added by Eva Jeanne Potter Myers

Dear Elaine and family,
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Don was one of the finest men I ever knew and the 28 years that I spent working for him in the dental office in Monterey were my happiest. He was hardworking, totally honest and respectful of everyone. He was also great fun and we all shared many laughs thru the years, not to mention his famous chicken teriaki cooked out behind the office building.

Added by Stephanie McMillan, Paradise, CA

message continued... Once our hygienist came in to tell us the bushes were on fire from the BBQ! And there were the famous See's candy runs when Don said he'd pay if we'd go get it.I felt a special relationship to Don from the first and was often asked if I was his daughter. Later I was asked if I was his wife! I told him when they started to ask if I was his mother I was out of there!
Added by Stephanie

message continued...Don had a wonderful sense of humor,total integrity and warmth and understanding for everyone. I often wondered how he put up with me for so many years and know I was a better person under his influence. My prayers are with you all. I wiil eat a Sees chocolate in salute of a wonderful human being. Miss you Doc.
Added by With love, Stephanie

Dear Mark and the Reber family,
I join with you in grief over your father's passing. His devotion and service were influential in my life as a teenager trying to find my way. I hope you will take comfort in his faith in the Resurrection. I sure do. May God bless his spirit now. May He bless you at this time as well.

Added by Les Oswald, American Fork, Utah
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