Donald John Lisius | 1929 - 2014 | Obituary

Donald John Lisius
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Donald John Lisius

Born: November 29, 1929
Died: April 10, 2014

During his lifetime Don Lisius moved from Wisconsin to California to Arizona and back to California. Along the way he was a teacher, police officer, Coast Guard captain, craftsman, Lockheed executive, carver, cook, brother to Tom, Gordon, and Charlie (who passed away last year), husband to Patricia, father to John, James, Joseph, and Carole, grandfather, great-grandfather, and above all a man to be admired.

Don suffered a major stroke several years ago which was later followed by several smaller ones. Slowly, then later more rapidly, Don deteriorated and eventually he and Pat moved back to California to be near family. He was always a talker and a story teller, and losing that ability was hard on both him and his loved ones. And while the assisted care facility Pat and Don settled in is modern and well-staffed, it was never how he would have chosen to end his final days. However, since nobody was actually willing to grant his final wish and take him out back to be shot, he was made as comfortable as possible.

Don could be tough, gruff, intimidating and his grandchildren never bought into for one minute, they always saw the laughter in his eyes. He had a world-class stern face that worried adults and made little kids crack up. If you wanted to get on his good side, the best thing you could do was to listen up and let him talk. He was strong in his opinions and probably didn't care what you had to say anyway, but if you knew him well enough, you know he respected you simply because he was willing to share those opinions with you. Donald was a strong man who always did things the right way, and expected the same from others.

In his life Donald Lisius was a man worthy of love and respect, and in his death he is a man worth remembering. His family and friends will always remember him, and be happy knowing he is now showing that same stern face to the God in which he believed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lisius Family Mobility Van Fund that has been established for Don's son Jim at Wells Fargo Bank or online at

Graveside services 11:00 AM, Friday, April 25, 2014 at Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road, San Jose.

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