His interests included spending time with his family and vacationing at the family compound on the Hood Canal. Don had a private pilot license and flew his own Mooney M20C Ranger. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Nance Ruston, his children Jeane O’Connor, Don Ruston, Terri MacKay and her husband Dan, Karin Nance and her husband William Smith, his sister Joan Thompson and her husband Warren, and his grandchildren Ryan O’Connor, Paige O’Connor, Ian Ruston, Alyssa Ruston, Hannah MacKay, James MacKay, Liam MacKay, Rio Smith and India Rose Smith. He also leaves his “Swedish daughter” Catharina Gerken and her husband Andy, their daughters Annika, Marika, and Isabella, former wife Gloria, several nieces and nephews, and many, many friends and colleagues. Don is predeceased by his parents and sister Linda Plooster.
A Celebration Of Life will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at The Balboa Bay Club, 1221 West Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Don's memory to the NITA Foundation, 1685 38th Street, Suite 200, Boulder,CO 80301, (303)953-6845