Donald Earl Zeller

Jan. 1, 1931 – April 18, 2014

Donald Earl Zeller
Donald Earl Zeller

On a beautiful Good Friday morning, Donald Earl Zeller, age 83, died, passing from this life to the next into the loving arms of his dear wife Roma. Don was born Jan. 1, 1931 to William Joseph Zeller and Ludean Beal Zeller in Lovell. He was the third of four sons.

He served in the US Navy during the Korean War first on a submarine tender, the USS Sperry, and then on the USS Sphinx, (SSR 489), a radar picket boat (submarine).

He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1960. He married the love of his life, Roma Hepworth, on July 5, 1962 in the Manti Temple. She died on Nov. 24, 2008. Their union was blessed with three sons.

He worked at the Tooele Army Depot and after he retired, he enjoyed working in real estate. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings. Home teaching was his favorite, in which he served diligently and with love.

Don and Roma served a mission at the LDS Employment Center in Tooele for 18 months. He loved to attend the temple as often as he could.

He is survived by his sons William (Anne) and Christopher (Kim) of Tooele and Daniel (Michele) of Canterbury, Conn.; brother Eldon (Nina) of Orem and nine cherished grandchildren:  Krysta, Aimee, Shannon, Erica, Joseph, Chloe, Jared, Malaya and Jonathan. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly and his dear friends, including his temple buddies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers and their wives, Clarence (Bessie) and Ervan (Shirley). The family would like to thank Darin Smith, PA-C and staff, for providing many years of care and friendship. Don truly thought a lot of them.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at the Erda Chapel, 323 E. Erda Way, Erda, Utah (Hwy 36 and Erda Way). Viewings will take place on Thursday evening, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Erda Chapel; and on Friday prior to services, 9:30-10:40 a.m. Interment will be at the Tooele City Cemetery.

To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101