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Friday
Jun192015

Don Golden 07/26/15 - 05/30/15

Donald Guy Golden, 64, of Scotts Valley, California, died peacefully on May 30, 2015, at the home of his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, after a battle with liver cancer. He was born in Bakersfield, California, on July 26, 1950, to the late Donald Golden and the late Lillian Gilman. He worked for many years as a respected resource teacher, working with special needs students, most recently at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, and previously at Beardsley School in Bakersfield where he was also an admired track coach.

He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing, kayaking, volleyball, bicycling, camping, and spending time at the beach, especially at Santa Cruz, near his home, and at Pismo Beach, with friends from his hometown.

He is most notable for being a passionate and beloved member of the Santa Cruz area glass arts community. He was the owner/artist at Golden Glass Art Studios and spent much of his later years working with fused glass art, and on occasion, holding workshops at his home studio.

He was also a lifelong superfan of the San Francisco 49ers, and had a room dedicated to posters, pennants, artwork, and memorabilia from the team. And he was an avid car enthusiast and had an instant recall of every detail about every car he ever owned.

Don is survived by his son, Patrick; daughter-in-law, Beverly; grandson, Dane; sisters, Denise Stockton and Diana Sonnier, & Kelley, Kim, and Kristy Golden; nieces and nephews; lots of cousins, near and far; and his rescue cat, Tory. Also survived by Clint Golden, his sons, and family.

There will be a small private Memorial for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Teen Kitchen Project

PO Box 1853, Soquel, CA 95072,  

or contact lara@teenkitchenproject.org.  

Tax ID # 27-0524692

Teen Kitchen Project is a DBA of the Boomerang Foundation

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We will remember the times when Don would visit our house in Bakersfield. Don would sharing information about his research on the Golden Family Tree. We shared pictures and family stories also. Don will always be remember for the different forms of art he created throughout his life. His earlier stain glass doors were beautiful and the recent glass creations were stunning to the eyes. We are glad Don was able to spend the last part of his life in the Santa Cruz area, his special place to be...Love Uncle Gary and Aunt Carolyn

I miss my dear friend Don, from the visits to the long talks on the phone. I'm happy there is no more pain and suffering and sad because all that's left of our very special relationship are the 40+ years of memories. The man I knew was kind and loving, lived life on his terms and made the most of any situation. A lover of sports, kids, outdoors, pets, but most of all family and friends. Gone but not forgotten, forever in my heart.

July 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Hall

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