Obituary: Don Muse

MLN-Obitsept18-14Don Muse passed away on September 13, 2014. He lived a long, happy and productive life.  Don loved people. He never met a stranger and always had a smile, a story or two and a wonderful sense of humor.

Don spent many years working as a member of the Senior Executive Service of the Federal Government before retiring at age 55. Don and Linda moved to Mesquite in late 1998 and he loved living in this wonderful community. Don involved himself in many activities such as with the Mesquite Boxing Club, the Community Garden, the Veterans Center, Elks Club, and the Exchange Club. Don delighted in being Santa to two very special kids.  He took great pleasure in helping others.

Don was a Navy veteran. He spent 2004-2005 in Iraq as an independent contractor. He loved our great country and wanted to do his part in the war on terror. Don procured and draped the large flag on one wall of the Rec Center building for One Thousand Flags over Mesquite. He was proud of this project.

Don loved his dogs, taking them for countless desert walks, and he enjoyed the foster dogs that spent time at his home until adoption. As an avid reader, he enthusiastically raised funds for the Virgin Valley Elementary School Reading program. He absolutely loved this project.

In Don’s memory, donations are welcomed to the Virgin Valley Elementary School Reading program, c/o Gerri Chasko, Eureka Casino, 275 Mesa Blvd., Mesquite NV 89027, or to We Care for Animals, P.O. Box 3028, Mesquite NV 89024.

Don is survived by Linda, his wife of 43 years; his daughter, Kim; son-in-law, Gary; grandchildren, Kellie and Christopher; a sister; and nieces and nephews.  We will miss Don’s warm smile, enthusiasm, his sense of humor, his presence.

Friends of Don are welcomed to gather at the Seasons Lounge in the Eureka Casino, 275 Mesa Blvd on Thursday, September 25, 2014 between 3-5 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served.


  1. Tisha Emerson says:

    Don Muse was my uncle. To be exact, he was my very favorite uncle growing up. I delighted in visiting him and my aunt (Linda) in Seattle many times over the years. My Uncle Don was funny and kind and had seemingly unlimited energy. I’m so thankful that my daughter had the chance to know and love him. We will miss him incredibly.

  2. Don, your warm and kind heart will be greatly missed! You were always fun to talk to and to be around.

    Until we meet again my friend,

  3. Mandy Meyer says:

    Don was the Energizer Bunny, Rin Tin Tin and Henny Youngman all rolled into one. They broke the mold with that one and this town will be a little emptier without his presence. Glad to have known him and called him Friend.

  4. Gayle & Floyd Olsen says:

    Our good friend & neighbor will be missed. Don & Linda are the kind of neighbors everyone wishes they had. Over many years, we’ve known if we needed something they were just a couple of houses away & have always been there for anyone, or animal in need. We’ve shared so many stories with Don about everything from Politics to how to grow Tomatoes in Mesquite. How he loved to visit & figure out how to be of service to our Country & Community. You’ve done Good, Don, & God is smiling upon you, & so are we, as we send our sympathies to Linda & the Muse Family.

    • Gayle and Floyd, thank you for your wonderful post about Don. I know he always enjoyed talking to you. He was so special.

  5. Don was also my uncle. Though I never got to know him well all my memories will be of the feisty stout funny man with the boxers nose. When he and my father Bruce were together you just had to stand back out of the way and take it all in. I will miss him as much as my own dad.

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