Donald Wayne Atkinson

Donald Wayne Atkinson

Aug. 19, 1930 – Jan. 30, 2022 

Donald Wayne Atkinson, 91, of Casper and Lovell passed away peacefully on January 30, 2022, in Casper. Don was born in Grant County, Oklahoma, on August 19, 1930, to Paul Atkinson and Alta Leonard Atkinson.

In 1951 Don married Dolores Paul, and together they had three daughters. In 1958 he moved his young family to Glenrock, Wyoming, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator during the construction of the Dave Johnson Power Plant. When the construction was complete he went to work at the coal mine, where he became the head dragline operator.

In 1991 Don married Ruth Carpenter. Don and Ruth owned homes in Casper and Lovell and enjoyed spending time with family in both towns. They were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2012, they served a mission together in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Don loved to work, and he owned many successful businesses, Western Erosion Control, Western Nursery, Vinyl Tech and Sego Properties. Self-sufficiency was important to him. He could fix or grow just about anything.

Don was happiest when he was helping others and found joy in sharing his love of the gospel with everyone.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and three doting sisters, Dorothy Mallory, Jerry Kitterman and Irene McAninch.

He is survived by three daughters, Brenda Jackson, Gail Ludwig and Georgia Phipps and their children, Dawn Jackson, Tyler Ludwig, Jordan Phipps, Jacey Phipps and Jillian Phipps; great-grandsons Raymond Jackson and Ryland Jackson; and stepchildren Echo (Troy) Caldwell, Keely (Lyle) Brimmer, Simon (Lucy) Carpenter and Jack (Jill) Carpenter and their children and grandchildren.

 A viewing was held Friday, Feb. 4, at Newcomer Funeral Home in Casper. The funeral took place Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Casper. Burial followed at Memorial Gardens.