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Donald William Richardson, Jr.

July 10, 1953 — May 2, 2024

Del Norte

Donald William Richardson, Jr., passed away doing what he loved on May 2, 2024. Born on July 10, 1953, in Gunnison, Colorado, he lived a life filled with adventure and a deep-rooted faith as a strong Christian.
 Throughout his 17-year career as a ditch rider, Donald showcased his dedication and unwavering commitment to his work. However, it was through his hobbies and interests that he truly found solace and joy. Riding his motorcycle, snowmobile, and side by side vehicles brought him immense happiness, allowing him to embrace the freedom of the open road. A passionate outdoorsman, Donald also found peace in activities such as fishing and hunting, connecting with nature in a profound way.
 In all aspects of his life, Donald embodied qualities of independence and a relentless spirit of exploration. His free-spirited nature led him to always be on the go, seeking new experiences at every turn. His adventurous soul was complemented by a deep sense of spirituality that guided him through life's challenges and triumphs.
 Donald will be fondly remembered by his surviving family members. He is survived by his son Shelby Richardson and daughter Shannon Hensley (Scott), along with grandchildren Kaydence Richardson, Chloe Richardson, Courtney Martinez (Ethan), Cody Martinez (Brittany), Michael Hensley, Sierra Hensley, Shelby Fairchild (Dusty), and great-grandchildren Presley Rose Fairchild, Rowan Fairchild, Colter Lane Martinez and Adalynn Alaine Martinez.
 He leaves behind his beloved mother Rose Marie Richardson and siblings Carolyn Martin, Kathy Strickland (Cliff), Jim Richardson (Laurie), Frank Richardson (Lana), as well as numerous nieces and nephews including Bridget, Shylah and Bree. Donald was preceded in death by his father Donald William Richardson Sr. and brother-in-law Jack Martin.
 Donald's passing while engaging in what brought him immense joy, serves as a poignant reminder of his zest for life and fearlessness in pursuing his passions until the very end. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew him best as an adventurous spirit who found beauty in every moment spent exploring the world around him.
Cremation was selected and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday May 11, 2024 at the Gateway Church in Del Norte, Colorado. To share memories or leave words of sympathy, please visit

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

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