Born on August 5, 1926, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Dr. Milton and Nellie (Mason) Nevens.
During his days at Glens Falls High School, Donald was a star athlete in both football and basketball. Don was a starting shooting guard for the Indians championship basketball team in 1943 and 1944.
At the age of seventeen, Donald left high school to enlist in the United States Navy during World War II. He served aboard the USS Chicago for two years. While he was proud to serve his country, he also enjoyed visiting various ports of call. Years later, he related many stories to his family about his service and travel.
Upon returning home, he re-entered high school, and graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1946.
After graduation he entered the workforce delivering beer locally. He was employed by General Electric in 1947 at the Hudson Falls plant. Throughout his 39 years of service with GE, he held several positions.
After his retirement, he and his wife, Barbara, built a house in the country with a barn, so that he could keep horses that he loved to ride. He spent a great deal of time with his family, allowing him to remain connected with grandchildren and great grandchildren. He truly enjoyed visits and outings with his daughters and friends .
He is predeceased by his wife, Barbara Nevens, and his step-daughter, Patricia “Tia” Adams.
Donald is survived by his daughters, Donna (Richard) Siaulnski of Kingsbury, Pamela (John) Guyette of Queensbury, and Cynthia (Francis) Hogan of Moreau; his grandchildren, Cheryl (Ron) Grimes, Christopher Siaulnski, Kevin Guyette, Nicole Guyette, Meghan (Kurt) Theis, and Caitlin (Scott) Morgan; his great grandchildren, Tyler Jenkins, Lauren Siaulnski, Jenna Siaulnski, Emma Guyette, Callum Guyette, Evan Theis, and Henry Theis; his step children, Pamela Zarb, who called and stayed in touch with Don even after the passing of her mother, Christopher Juckett, and a son-in-law, Robert Adams, who’s visits brightened Don’s days; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to thank Dr. Amy Hogan-Moulton for the wonderful care she provided Donald for many years. Also a special thank you to nurses, Mary and Mary Ann, from Tower 6 at Glens Falls Hospital. These women are a credit to their profession, and we were thankful to have their skills and compassion during Donald’s final days.
Services will be private.
Memorial donations in Donald’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.