Donald Nelson LamoureuxSeptember 4, 1933 ~ October 27, 2017 (age 84)
Donald Nelson Lamoureux, age 84 passed away peacefully on Friday, October 27, surrounded by his family at the home of his son, in Clemmons, NC.
Don was a longtime resident of Cocoa Beach, FL. He was born in Whittier, CA on September 4th, 1933 to Ella and Nelson Lamoureux. He was active in his community throughout his life. As a boy he served in church, was active in sports and was a boy scout, achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
After graduating high school, Don went to the University of California at Davis, graduating with a degree in Range Management. Upon graduation Don was enlisted in the Army where he had the opportunity to be stationed in Europe. While it was peacetime, Don traveled throughout Europe with the Battalion’s Basketball Team and competing against other teams in the military. Once Don had fulfilled his duties to the Army he spent time travelling through Central and South America, returning to California and began his career with Aerojet in the aerospace industry.
It was while working at Aerojet in the Sacramento area that he met his future wife Joan Lamoureux. Don and Joan wed in July of 1967 and moved to Cocoa Beach, FL where Don worked at Kennedy Space Center for more than 30 years for various contractors in the space industry. It was here that their lives flourished with friends and family. We have fond memories of summer vacations, fishing, hiking, gold panning, and visiting family and friends all over all over the U.S. We are blessed to have these experiences and travels with our dad. Our mom passed away in 1987.
After retirement from KSC, Don remarried to Wynn Cresse and together they enjoyed time travelling abroad. Don was a loyal, compassionate, patient soul, an incredible father; always there, always consistent. He absolutely loved his children unconditionally. He was the rock of the family. Don lived a happy and full life. He enjoyed and invested his time in the local art community, surf fishing, going to estate sales and researching paintings that he would find at the estate sales. Don was a self-proclaimed introvert, yet he never met a stranger and possessed the ability to engage with most anyone and make them feel welcomed. He had a passion for retelling stories of his life, sharing them with his children, grand children and friends alike. During the last weeks of his life, he enjoyed experiencing Wake Forest football (and briefly contemplated changing his team allegiance), the local NC fair, one last trout fishing adventure, interacting with visitors and rediscovering his desire to reconnect with God.
Don is survived by wife Wynn; his son Greg Hargis and his wife Kerrie; daughter Julia Lamoureux Arthurs and her husband Rich; and his son David and wife Michelle. Don was also survived by 10 grandchildren (Erica, Luke, Maegan; Joscelyn, Blaine, Chelsea, Monica; Zach, Grant and Ella) 5 great-grandchildren and that damn cat Nelson.
Services for Don will be at 2:00 PM Saturday November 4, at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home, Viera, FL. He will be entombed with his late wife Joan Lamoureux at Florida Memorial Gardens.