Obituary: Don Berry Simmons
Don Berry Simmons
Don B. Simmons, 93 years old, passed away quietly on December 24, 2018, at The Cambridge Assisted Living in Quincy surrounded by loved ones. He was born June 27, 1925, to Earle and Bessie (Perry) Simmons in Wenatchee, Wash.
Don was a lifelong resident of Quincy, only residing outside the area while serving in the Navy during WWII and numerous winters in Yuma, Arizona. He attended both grade school and high school in Quincy, graduating with the QHS Class of 1944 while serving in WWII. He married his high school sweetheart, Irene Zimbelman, on October 18, 1943, in San Diego, Calif.
Returning to Quincy after the war, he was employed by Quincy Farmers’ Elevator (Western Farmers) from 1946 to 1961 when he went to work for Quincy Lumber Company. In 1968 he took over the Chevron Bulk Plant in Quincy from his brother, Cliff, as Commission Agent until his retirement in 1987. Then Don and Irene were able to travel and spend winters in Arizona.
Along with his work Don was a very active servant in all fields of emergency services in Quincy. He spent 44 years as a volunteer on the Quincy Fire Department, 28 years of which he served as elected Fire Chief. For several years he served as a reserve officer for the Grant County Sheriff’s Department; 32 years as a reserve officer with the Quincy Police Department; and 32 years as EMT for the Quincy Ambulance Service. In 1984, the Quincy Chamber of Commerce awarded Don the Outstanding Citizen’s Award in recognition of his years of service to the community. This added up to more than 90 years of service to the Quincy community at that time.
Don was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Quincy, having served in various capacities in his early years.
Don is survived by his daughter, Sue Simmons Gabales; his daughter-in-law, Barbara Abrams Simmons; his granddaughter, Shannon Jackson Elmlinger and her husband, Doug; his grandson, Stuart Jackson (& Meghan Nolan); and his granddaughter, Amy Simmons Beran and her husband, Brian. Also three great-grandsons, Jack & Nathan Beran and Kieran Jackson. And his great-granddaughter, Rylie Beran. His twin brother, Dean Simmons; his brother-in-law, Dick Zimbelman and wife Shirley; and his very special “coffee” friend Chris Allen. And numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, his son, Donald E. Simmons, M.D.; his granddaughter, Mara Simmons; and his son-in-law, Ted Gabales. Along with his parents and many brothers and sisters.
Thanks to all those who were there for him in his last days. He had loving care from all the staff and friends at the Cambridge.
Services will be held at a later date in order for family members to be able to attend.