Donald Wallace Dugan, a longtime resident and schoolteacher in Flagstaff, passed away peacefully on July 25 at Elaine's Forest Home, at the age of 82. Don is survived by sons Michael (Cindy), David and daughter Patricia (Duane) and daughter-in-law Amy (Brian). He had 9 grandchildren ranging in age from 10 to 40, as well as a brother, Floyd, and sister, Sue. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Betty Jo, son Donald Joseph (DJ), parents Lawrence and Eva, brothers Larry and Ronnie, and brother-in-law Murel.
Don was born on January 21, 1937, in Phoenix. He and his twin brother Ronnie had many adventures during childhood. He attended North High in Phoenix and after graduating, he enlisted in the Navy. He met and married Betty Jo Vanderpool while serving. Afterwards, they moved to Flagstaff and attended Arizona State Teachers College in the early 1960s. Don started a long career as a junior high school science teacher in 1967. He retired in 1996, spending the rest of his time engaged in his favorite hobbies, including knives, firearms, hunting and fishing.
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A small service for family will be held for Don at Lowell Observatory on August 10th at 10 a.m., followed by a public celebration of life from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a contribution to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in his name. Memories and condolences can be shared with family directly or online at www.norvelowensmortuary.com