Don Chauncey Ellis

Born: Thu., Feb. 16, 1933
Died: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Sat., Oct. 07, 2017
Location: Joyland Church

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Don Chauncey Ellis, 84, of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado passed away October 2, 2017 at Brookdale Bear Creek hospice in Colorado Springs. 

Don was born February 16, 1933 in Fort Worth, Texas to Ollie “Pete “ and Etna (Swint) Ellis. Growing up in Texas, Don played football for Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights High School before going on to play for the University of Oklahoma.  During his college years, he wed Patricia “Patsy” Blalock of Noble, Oklahoma and the two were married for 53 years, until her death in 2012.  

At OU, Don earned a degree in natural gas engineering and participated in ROTC. After graduation, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and served for four years in the Corps of Engineers.  He was also a long-time employee of Fluor-Daniel, and traveled the United States and around the world, designing pipelines at home and abroad, including Europe, Thailand, Colombia, and Russia.  During the late 1960s-early 70s, Don and his family lived in The Hague, Netherlands, where he worked on developing a large gas pipeline that fed most of western Europe. Don continued to be a consulting engineer until his death. 

In his later years, Don was very active as a trustee in the Green Mountain Falls city government, and enjoyed coin and stamp collecting.  He was a member of the Church of Christ throughout his adult life.

Don is survived by his son Steve Ellis and daughter-in-law Nancy Ellis of Green Mountain Falls, granddaughter Jacey Ellis of Colorado Springs, grandson Austin Ellis of Fredericksburg, Virginia, niece Cheryl Bucher and great-nephew William Bucher of Houston, Texas, and niece Pam Henson of Santa Barbara, California.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his sister A. J. “Jean” Robinson.

A funeral service will be held October, 7 at 1:30PM at Joyland Church in Green Mountain Falls.  A graveside service in Noble, Oklahoma will be held at a later date.

As one of Don’s greatest joys was helping children in need, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Woodland Park High School’s “Panther Care Account,” which helps low-income children buy basic necessities such as food, clothing, and personal care items.  Contributions should be directed to:

Panther Care Account
Woodland Park High School
155 Panther Way
Woodland Park, CO  80863

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Robin Middleton
   Posted Wed October 04, 2017
Much love to you all as you say goodbye to your much loved Papa. Big hugs.

David and Lamar
   Posted Wed October 04, 2017
Please accept our sympathy in your loss of sweet Don. We will always think of him as a big ol' teddy bear, so sweet and loving, with a big smile on his face and twinkle in his eyes. I know that you will miss him terribly. Please know that we are thinking of you all and praying that God will bring you comfort. Sending you our love...

Francesco Palazzuoli
   Posted Wed November 01, 2017
I lost a dear friend. Our industry suffered a greater loss of a giant. My family wishes all of Dons family peace and love, just like Don would give all the time.

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