Donald J. Brynildson, 96, peacefully passed away on Dec. 26, 2019. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
Don, the youngest of three children, was born on Nov. 15, 1923 to Norwegian parents on a farm in Taylor, Wisconsin. He proudly served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the South Pacific. In 1945 he married the love of his life, Lydia, and they were together for 64 years.
Don worked in Minneapolis as a motorman on streetcars and later drove a city bus with a 30-year perfect driving record. He enjoyed fishing, Boy Scout activities, woodworking, gardening, and traveling throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the 50 United States. After retirement he was a “snowbird” — traveling between his northern Minnesota lake home and Green Valley, Arizona. Some of his Green Valley activities included volunteering at the Community Food Bank, playing dominoes with his Marine friends and attending Desert Hills Lutheran Church. He will be remembered for his thoughtful and caring nature by all who knew him.
Donations may be made in his honor to the Community Food Bank Green Valley, 250 E. Continental Road, Green Valley, AZ 85614; Friends in Deed, 301 W. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ 85614; or Desert Hills Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2150 S. Camino Del Sol, Green Valley, AZ 85622.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Desert Hills Lutheran Church, 2150 S. Camino Del Sol, Green Valley, AZ 85622.