Lives Lived: Donald Wasley |

Lives Lived: Donald Wasley

Donald Kenneth Wasley died Feb. 26 at home Nevada City. He was 80.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 6, at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. A private family burial was held Thursday at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Nevada City.

He was born Dec. 13, 1929, at Jones Memorial Hospital, in Grass Valley, to Cecil Thomas Wasley and Sarah Jane (Simmons) Wasley. He attended Gold Flat School and recalled the emergency slide from the upstairs of the two-room school to the downstairs.

He also attended Hennessy School in Grass Valley and graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1947.

While in college, he was drafted and served during the Korean War with the United States Army in Okinawa.

He married Georgine Danos, also a Nevada County native, on Jan. 9, 1955, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Nevada City. They lived their entire married life in Nevada City.

Mr. Wasley worked as a mail carrier in Nevada City and retired as supervisor of postal operations in 1985. He then worked at the 17th District Agricultural Association. He also volunteered and worked as a temp for the county elections office.

Mr. Wasley was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 518, serving as secretary; as chairman for the Elks Easter Egg Hunt; and cooking for Elks and other local events. He also served on the annual city Chiefs Election.

He was honored in July 2009 by the Nevada City Council when the mayor proclaimed it Donald Wasley Day “for his over 52 years of continual service with the Nevada City Fire Department, where he served as fire chief in 1963-64.”

Mr. Wasley was a life member of American Legion Frank Gallino Post No. 130.

He enjoyed gardening, and he and Mrs. Wasley loved working together in their yard. He enjoyed bowling and was on several local leagues.

Mr. Wasley is survived by his wife of 55 years, Georgine Wasley; son, Gregory Allan (Jennifer) Wasley of Nevada City; sister Juanita (Newton) Goodrich of Grass Valley; grandchildren, Leslie Wasley of Grass Valley and Christopher Wasley of Nevada City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil (1996) and Sarah (2005).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Nevada City Fire Dept., BPOE No. 518 or Hospice of the Foothills.

Services are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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