Donald George Whitney, age 92, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 28, 2019 at his home in Logandale, Nevada, surrounded by his family. He was born into a pioneer family to Stowell Edward and Isabel Frehner Whitney on July 4, 1926, in Las Vegas, Nevada. His family was living on the original Whitney Ranch (Henderson, Nevada). When Boulder (Hoover) Dam was being constructed, Boulder Highway was built and it cut their ranch and farm in half. Because of that, they lost the farm and Don moved to Logandale when he was 10 where he has resided for the last 83 years.
Don attended and graduated from Moapa Valley High School in 1944. During this time, he met his wife, Connie Waymire Whitney. They were married December 9, 1945, in Logandale, Nevada, and have been married for 73 years. Later their marriage was solemnized in the St. George Utah LDS Temple. They are the parents of six children: Susan (Alma) Whipple, Darrell (Sally) Whitney, Donna (Dennis) Patten, Gaye (Jack) Nelson, Bruce (Sherrie) Whitney and Judy (Jim) Tanner. They have 20 grandchildren, 78 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sons in law, Alma Whipple and Jim Tanner; 2 grandsons, Stetson Whipple and Carter Luke; two brothers and three sisters: Lavina Bednar, Relda Leavitt, Pearl Cheesman, Cleo “Moose” Whitney and Lloyd Whitney.
Don was a cowboy, a brick mason, worked in all aspects of construction, owned a dairy farm and was a rancher. He holds one of the last BLM grazing allotments in Clark County. He was very active in community service. Don served on the Muddy Valley Irrigation Board, Moapa Valley Water Board, other Southern Nevada water concerns and was a volunteer fireman in Moapa Valley.
Don was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions of responsibility including: bishop (13 years), stake president (9 years), regional representative (2 years), the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission president (39 months), and as a sealer in the Las Vegas Temple (24 years). In these capacities, he influenced many youth and adult lives and provided untold service to others.
Services were held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Logandale LDS Church, Skyline Ward, 3245 Moapa Valley Blvd., Logandale, Nevada. Visitations were held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Moapa Valley Mortuary and again from 9 – 10:30 a.m. prior to services at the chapel. Interment followed in the Logandale Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to sign our online guest book at www.moapavalleymortuary.com