Don was born on September 9, 1934 in Goodeve, Saskatchewan to Milko and Mildred Cmoc. He was the middle of three children: his sister, Francis, the oldest, and brother, Gilbert, the youngest. The family moved to the Yorkton area from the Homefield district when Don was about 10 years old. As a child, Don attended school in the Beaverdale district, but after the family purchased land north of Yorkton, Don finished his schooling at the Raymond School. As a young man, Don went to work as an elevator agent, first in the Kessock district near the community of Wroxton. It was here that Don met the love of his life, Audrey Martel. Don and Audrey were married on August 3rd, 1957. This union was blessed with three children: Bruce, Brent and Blair. Don eventually left the elevator business to pursue full-time farming and also worked as a high rigger for a number of companies. He loved his jobs. Over the years, the family grew to include nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Don retired after 40 years, but was still active on the farm. Don really enjoyed his life. His hobbies included fishing and playing cards with family and friends - and anyone who had the pleasure of playing with him knew they had no chance of winning. Don and Audrey were fortunate enough to do a little travelling. Don also enjoyed spending time at the cabin, both in the winter and summer months. Later, in retirement, he especially enjoyed time with the grandchildren, teaching them the finer points of gardening. He would spend hours on end in the raspberry patch and if he was not in the raspberry patch he was either picking saskatoons or cranberries. Don had a love for his desserts. He would always save room for dessert particularly lemon pie and ice-cream. Don and Audrey had a very active social life with their many friends and family. He spent a lot of time chopping wood for the anniversaries and birthdays they celebrated in their backyard by the fire pit that he took great pride in. Throughout all of this, his greatest loves were Audrey, his true soulmate, his sons and daughters-in-law, and had a GREAT love for the grandkids and great-grandkids, taking an interest in everything they did.
Predeceased by his parents, Milko and Mildred; his sister Francis (and Wesley); brother Gilbert; grandson Dominique Cmoc; and niece Carey Martel. Don leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Audrey; sons: Bruce (Donella) of Yorkton; Brent (Brigitte) of Swan Hills, AB; and Blair (Kim) of Yorkton. Nine grandchildren: Kristy (Al) and Jayton, Shane and Kendra of Yorkton; Mandy (Tyson) and Georgia of Regina; Jody (Aaron) of Springside; Toni (Tyrone) and Wyatt, Owen and Ivory of Leduc, AB; Riley (Brittany); Dakotah (Tyler); Kennedy (Preston); and Caitlin, all of Yorkton. Don is also survived by his sister-in-law, Joan Cmoc of Yorkton; sister-in-law Joanne (Ron) of Calgary; and brother-in-law Grant (Audrey) Martel and their families, his many other relatives and great number of friends, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Palliative Care at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, c/o The Health Foundation (41 Betts Ave., Yorkton, SK S3N 1M1) as gifts of remembrance.