June 24, 1933 ~ March 25, 2020

Born in: Cedaredge, Colorado
Resided in: Centennial, Colorado

Joe Raymond Donathan died Wednesday, March 25, in Englewood, CO at age 86.

Joe was born June 24,1933 on the historic Bar I Ranch in Cedaredge, Colorado (that was managed by his Granddad Doyle from 1932-1936) and grew up in Western Colorado. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during the Korean War. On September 12, 1954 he married Marjorie Louise Turner at the Eckert Presbyterian Church in Eckert, CO. They lived in California for two years while he attended school at Northrop Aeronautical Institute. They then returned to Colorado where he graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. He had an exciting and fulfilling 37 year aerospace career at Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin Corporation, retiring in 1993.

Joe greatly enjoyed his family, skiing, golf, and travel.

He is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 65 years, two daughters, Elizabeth Donathan and Diane Monson, and two grandchildren Gina Eldridge and Mark Monson, a sister, Carol Haase (Don) of Grand Junction, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Vesta (Doyle) and Lee Chambers, two sisters Shirley and Barbara (Mrs. Murl Thomas of Grand Junction), and a brother, Kenneth “Buck” Donathan (Dorothy) of Delta, CO.

Because of the Covid-19 concerns there will not be a viewing nor a live memorial service. A private Graveside Service and Interment will be at the Eckert Cemetery in Eckert, CO. The family requests that everyone continue to stay safe.

Please visit the virtual memorial our family put together for Joe:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dPVT7rmJWzV6QQebTh9KLfaA1c24smx8/view

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

“Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.”
-Mary Frye, American poet (1904 – 2004)

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  1. With thanks for many years of friendship. I will miss your humor. I will think of you as you suggested in the poem.

  2. I will miss his mischievous zest for life and his ribbing when his golf shot was way better than mine. Rest in Peace Uncle Joe.

  3. Joe was always a special cousin to all of us. His quick mind and quirky sense of humor made it a special treat to be in his presence. He and Marge were a wonderful, loving, fun couple, always respectful to each other. Joe and I exchanged emails and it was always a treat to see one from him in my mailbox. I knew there would be something irreverent, funny and endearing. Thanks, Joe, for being a man and relative of whom we could always be proud. We will miss you.

  4. Though I never got to to physically meet you I’m so very grateful to have met you even it it was over social media. My sister’s and I are clueless as to who our family is and you were the only one to truly reach out and for that I’m eternally grateful. I love you though we never me and shows just how amazing of a person you were. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reaching out to us . May you rest peacefully in heaven with Al our loved ones. One day we will meet uncle Joe.💝

  5. Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures. They reminded me of the many memories of Joe telling stories of Grandad John. I know that Mom (Marjorie Ann Doyle Cooper Starr to Joe, as he always called her by all of her names) loved Joe so much and so this candle is from her, as well.

  6. Although I never met Joe, I heard many stories about him from his daughter, Liz. I know he will be missed by many who are hurting at the moment.My deepest sympathies to his family for their loss.


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