Feb. 7, 1917 — June 15, 2012
Donald Bronson, an Aerojet employee for 20 years, died at his home in Smith Flat after a long battle with lung failure. He was 95 years old. A native of Tremonton, Utah, he lived most of his life in California. He lived in El Dorado County for 80 years, moving here in 1932 at the age of 15.
Donald enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and backpacking. He and his wife hiked extensively in the Sierras, having completed the John Muir Trail twice and having crossed all of the east face entries into the Sierra. He also hiked the 100-mile Sierra Trek in support of the American Lung Association eight successive summers.
His late wife of 66 years was Edna M. Bronson. Donald is survived by one son, Donald L. Bronson of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Laura M. Hulst of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mary E. Bronson of Sacramento; and two sisters, Patty Wangsgaard (Lew) and D’On Wachtler, and one brother, Newell Jensen, all natives of Utah. He had 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family is very grateful to Snowline Hospice for their wonderful support. It is suggested that donations be made to Snowline Hospice or the American Lung Association.
A graveside service at Westwood Hills Memorial Park, 2720 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, will be held at a date to be determined. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home. Call 530-622-3813 for information.