Don Pullan

Don Pullan

1923-2023

Corp. Donald William Pullan, 99, passed away on April 29th, 2023, in Murray, Utah. Don was born on October 3rd, 1923, in Salt Lake City. He was a great storyteller starting many great conversations with his favorite phrase:  “Let me tell you a story.”   He truly was part of the “Greatest Generation”. Don attended South High in Salt Lake and in 1942 enlisted in the Army–versus the Navy–because he could “walk better than he could swim.”  After completing basic training in the US Army Air Corp, Don boarded the Queen Mary and headed to England serving in numerous WWII campaigns. In the Normandy Campaign, Don went ashore on Utah Beach and served in a ground support role at many forward airfields.  He also helped liberate Paris, Belgium, and Germany, including the liberation of Buchenwald.  At the end of his service Don returned to Salt Lake City, quickly looked up Ruth Olsen, and in five days they were married.  Don, was clearly a man not to waste time!

After his military service, Don started a career as an electrician.  As a Master Electrician he wired numerous temples, including the Manti, Salt Lake, and Nauvoo Temples. He also worked on the 50th year renovation of the Hawaii Temple. Don was a lifelong member of the LDS Church and worshipped there regularly throughout his life. 

In his free time, Don loved traveling with his beloved wife, Ruthie.  Don was also an active member of the Utah Elks, where he served as the Exalted Ruler from 1969-1972. Don is survived by his daughters Marla Loomis and Stephanie Leimkuhler; sons-in-law John Loomis and Joe Leimkuhler; grandchildren John Leimkuhler, Michelle Sawyer, Michael Loomis, Robbie Loomis, Laura Cronin, and David Loomis; as well as 19 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Pullan, who passed away in 2006. 

A memorial service for Don will be held at City View Mortuary, located at 1001 E 11th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103, on July 5th from 11am-1pm  For those who would like to honor Don’s life the family suggests making a donation in his name to “The Sharing Place”  www.thesharingplace.org, a charity dear to his heart.

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