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Utah Veterans Memorial Park
Friday November 19th, 2021

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Donald Burton Heiner

Donald Burton Heiner was born February 17, 1944 to Gerald Burton and Georgia Mae Heiner in Bellingham, WA. He was a husband, a father, and a soldier. Don was raised in Mt. Vernon, Washington where he walked to school uphill, both ways, in the snow, and proved it to his disbelieving children. He joined the United States Army right out of high school and served his country with honor and distinction. While serving in Africa, a fellow soldier saw a number of pictures in Don’s wallet and, not believing that he personally knew the girls, he made a bet with Don over whether or not any girl that this soldier chose would actually write a letter back to him. The soldier chose the photo of Gretchen Louise Barnett, a girl whom Don had a checkered past with. Don won the bet and, after several letters back and forth, the couple began dating and were married on October 9, 1965 in Oak Harbor, Washington. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Washington, DC temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 13, 1975. Don and Gretchen were seldom apart and enjoyed doing many activities together. Don enjoyed studying the gospel of Jesus Christ and working on genealogy. Several years after retiring from the military, Don became employed as the temple engineer for the Massachusetts Boston Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a job that he loved and that fulfilled him in every way. Don enjoyed exploring the world around him, taking rides on his motorcycle or in his truck and, although he only lived in Hurricane, Utah for four years, he knew more about the dirt trails and where they led to than most locals because of his curiosity and the constant thought of “I wonder where that goes.” Don is survived by the love of his life, Gretchen Louise Heiner, five of his six children: Debra Ann Carico, Paige Louise Swenson, Jarrod Burton Heiner, Michael James Heiner, and Anja Lynette Bingley, and his 23 grandchildren. Don has returned to his Father in Heaven and is now reunited with his daughter, Dawn Marie Heiner, his parents, and his siblings.

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We are so saddened to learn of his passing but know that we will meet again. I first met Don in Vietnam. The next time was in Augsburg, Germany. Don & Gretchen were instrumental in our conversations and drove us to our baptisms there. Some years later he was my escort at our sealing in the Mesa Temple. Our prayers are with Gretchen and the children. He touched the lives of so many.

Dick & Mary Henson Nov 19 2021 9:04 AM

I was so sad to hear about Brother Heiner's passing. My heart goes out to you all!

Heather Brown Janis Nov 17 2021 9:13 AM

So many memories! BBQs, Thanksgiving, Boxing Day, shopping trips, just hanging out with friends and family. My first time to the Temple when Don and Gretchen escorted me for my own ordinances. I will miss Don and look forward to seeing him again in the hereafter. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Barbara Crocker Carlson Nov 15 2021 2:50 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Heiner

Paul and Paula Laraen Nov 14 2021 1:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Heiner

Stacy Johnson Nov 14 2021 12:21 PM

We are so sorry to hear about Don. We were so grateful he was our friend when we lived in MA, and then seeing him on a regular basis in the temple always made our day! He was a great man
Sending your family love and hugs.

Pat DeVore Nov 14 2021 11:08 AM

Debra so sorry for you lost

Debbie Eubank Nov 13 2021 6:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Heiner

David Heiner Nov 12 2021 7:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Heiner

Luanne Heiner Cottle Nov 12 2021 6:34 PM

Debbie and Jeff,
I am SO sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for you and your family!

Lisa Fischer Nov 12 2021 5:47 AM