April 17, 1926 ~ May 7, 2019

Born in: Deluth , Minnesota
Resided in: Denver , Colorado

Donald Richard Chabot, 93, passed away May 7, 2019. Don was born April 17th, 1926 to Walter Chabot and Viola Pascoe Chabot in Duluth, MN. He was an only child who loved to ice skate, fish and play curling. Don attended Central High School where he met Sally Bagley. They started dating and she soon became the love of his life and married March 31, 1951.

Don received his business degree with honors from the University of Minnesota Duluth while working as a sales clerk in the linen department at the Glass Block. His work ethic and determination led to subsequent promotions and a transfer to the Castnor Knott store in Nashville, TN followed by the Root’s store in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Don’s savvy business acumen eventually elevated him in 1963 to the position of President of Joslins where he excelled and moved the needle ranking them #1 for local department chains for several years by his retirement in the 1990’s.

Among his many professional accomplishments, Don was on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Hospital, The Board of Directors for Central Bank and Trust, he was the first man honored by Big Sisters for his involvement with the organization, he originated “Run for a Child’s Sake” through the Children’s Hospital, he was on the Board of Directors of Cherry Hills Country Club, he developed alliances with the Denver Symphony where he was the conductor for an evening of the Nutcracker, a member of Young President’s Organization, Rotary Club, the Wigwam Club, Country Club of the Rockies, Bay Point Yacht and Country Club and more.
Don was an avid fly fisherman, duck hunter, golfer, skier, tennis player, and boater. All of which he was remarkably self-taught.

Donald’s path in life established him as an exemplary human being, a family man, an astute businessman, respected community leader and all around good person.
Don was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Don is survived by his wife Sally, daughters Julie (Dave), Lisa (Rick), Sarah(J), granddaughter Lindsay (Walker), grandsons Nick (Christina), and Ben (Nellie) and great grandchildren Reilly and Keller.
A celebration of Life will be held June 7th at Cherry Hills Country Club 11-1:30 to honor this great man’s life.

Donations may be made in memory of Donald Chabot to:

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes c/o Christy Vasey
1775 Aurora Ct
MSB 140
Aurora, CO 80045
(Don’s great grandson was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and he wanted a cure)

National Jewish Hospital PO Box 17169
Denver, CO 80217-0169


Celebration of Life Reception: June 7, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Cherry Hills Country Club
4125 S. University Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80113

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in John 5:28, 29 and 1 Corinthians 15:26, where God promises that we will be reunited with our loved ones here on earth in the near future and will never have to fear losing them again.

  2. My love,prayers and condolences to you Sally, julie, lisa and Sarah
    Don was a kind, considerate gentleman.
    Thank you for including me in your family
    Much love

  3. To a gentle giant of a father who always led my example. You set the bar high for all around you and are now surrounded by the stars. Until we meet in heaven. Love, Julie

  4. To the Chabot Family,
    I have been blessed to have been friends of your family for over 40 years. Mr. Chabot was a role model in every sense of the word. His kindness to people, his eagerness to help, his warm handshake, his endearing smile and his marvelous sense of humor. Mr. Chabot will be missed but NEVER forgotten.
    All our love and respect to the Chabot Family.
    Terry, Semyon and the entire Meerkov Family

  5. Thank you Mr Chabot for being a great leader of our store chain but even more kudos for being a wonderful father, husband and friend to so many. May you Rest In Peace.

  6. Don. You were a great man that I admired much. You were also a super friend to my mom and dad .
    May God bless you and the family that I know misses you very much!

  7. To the Chabot family, I worked at Joslins with Mr.Chabot, he was kind and a wonderful boss. He helped me along with my career and gave me many opportunities to succeed. Such a lovely man, he made a mark in Denver and I will never forget those great years, it was a wonderful experience due to his brilliant leadership.
    Thinking of you Sally and your family at this difficult time.
    Nancy Nolan Sagar


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