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Donna D.

October 27, 2018

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Obituary for Donna D. West

Donna Marie (Dostal) West passed away comfortably at home in Langley, WA, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. She was born and raised in Minneapolis and Edina, MN and attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO where she met her late husband, Bob, who was attending the nearby University of Missouri. They married in 1951 in St. Louis, MO and moved to southern California in the late 1950s where they lived until 2005 when they finally decided to move to Whidbey Island in Washington State. She always said she didn’t know why they waited so long; she loved her home in the cedar forest and did not ever want to move again. With the assistance of family members and caregivers, she was able to fulfill that dream.

In 1963, “Miss Donna” was part of the original staff at La Primera Pre-School in Torrance, CA where she made a life-long friend of Grace Dodson Fricker, the owner. She was the head teacher and taught the pre-kindergarten pre-reading class. She loved taking the kids on interesting field trips and once even took them to her own house to watch the big machinery digging a swimming pool in the backyard – they loved it! After she retired from teaching in the early 1980s, Donna spent a few years as a docent for the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park in Rancho Palos Verdes where she took children and adults on educational tide pool walks to see marine life such as sea urchins, sea stars, sea anemones, and more.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Bob West (Langley, WA), her brother Jerry Dostal (Southport, UK), and nephew Joe Dostal (Houston, TX). She is survived by her daughter Nancy West Johnson and her husband Jason (Algona, WA), and sons Rob West and his wife Melanie (Littleton, CO) and Bill West and his wife Sandy (Vista, CA), six grandchildren Rick Rivera, Tony Rivera, Lauren Rush, Rex West, Andrew West, Brooks West, their spouses, and eight great-grandchildren.

Donna is also survived by her sister, Judith Vera (Dostal) McDonald of Coupeville, WA, nieces Jeni Marzocca (Coupeville, WA), Heather Knaplund (Mukilteo, WA), Robyn Rolain (Seattle, WA), Karin Holschuh (MN), Cathy Green (MO), nephew Jim Dostal (CO), and their families.
A memorial will be planned next spring. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local senior services or a special charity of your choice.

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