I am very sorry to report that we just lost another Colorado PGR member. Don Kammerzell recently died of the Coronavirus. He had been very careful and attended very few missions since March, 2020 because he was caring for his elderly father and did not want to risk getting the virus and passing it on to his dad.
Don was a Veterinarian and was known as "Cow Doc".
I spoke with Don's wife, this morning. She and her son are devastated. Don died on November 30, 2021, on his 60th birthday. As I mentioned, he was trying as much as possible to avoid contact with others in order to protect his father. As it turns out, he passed the Coronavirus on to his dad, but, his dad survived. Don battled the virus for about two weeks before he passed. There will be a celebration of life for him, in January, and our members will be invited. I was told that the time he spent with his PGR brothers and sisters, in support of our mission, was very special to him. When I posted my Thanksgiving message, I indicated that a number of our members had been infected with the Coronavirus, some had mild cases, others much more serious with lingering effects, but, that all had recovered or were recovering. Obviously and regrettably, that is no longer the case. Please keep Don's family and friends in your prayers. Jim
Just a reminder that the Celebration of Life for Colorado PGR member, Don Kammerzell is scheduled for this Saturday, for those who are able to stop by in order to pay their respects.
Following is Don's obituary. Colorado PGR members are invited to his Celebration of Life, on Saturday, January 22, 2022, in Littleton, CO, 80127.
Donald John Kammerzell
NOVEMBER 30, 1961 – NOVEMBER 30, 2021
Donald John Kammerzell, of Littleton, Colorado passed away peacefully on November 30th, 2021. Don just reached 60 years of age as he was born on November 30th, 1961, to Donald Dean Kammerzell and Roseanne Kammerzell. His passing came sudden; however, his life and legacy will be carried on by his loved ones. Don grew up in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and attended Wheat Ridge High School. He then ventured to the University of Colorado and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His final degree was completed at Colorado State University where he attained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. To no surprise, he graduated with high distinctions from both. His passion for learning did not stop there. Everyone who came across Don could quickly realize his brilliance, his drive to research and humbly teach himself and his family how to fix anything and everything. Shortly after graduating from CSU in 1989, Don married his college sweetheart, Debbie. In 1992, Don’s dreams came true with the birth of their son, Zach. He knew then he now had a buddy to share hobbies and create memories together for life. Don continued to practice Veterinary Medicine throughout his lifetime. He was a seasoned horseman and found the most joy in his work while outside, climbing cattle panels on ranches located miles from nowhere. For many years, Don was actively involved in the family hay farm in Longmont, Colorado. A place that was not shy from teaching the family many valuable life lessons. He truly was a country boy at heart. He was an avid outdoorsman, always planning his next adventure. Hunting and fishing took Don and his close family members to destinations around the world. Including the open waters of Alaska, the rugged terrain of Newfoundland, and the rolling prairie fields of the Midwest. Don had a strong passion for supporting those who fought for our country. For the past several years, Don volunteered with the Patriot Guard Riders, an alliance of motorcycle riders whose mission is to show their respect for our fallen heroes. Not only was it crucial for him to support those who fought for us, but he was devoted to fighting for his family and friends. He took pride in providing and protecting his loved ones. Don is preceded in death by his Mother, Roseanne. He is survived by his Wife Debbie, Son Zach (Rachel); Father Donald; Brother Ronald (Judy), and countless other family members and friends. We have planned a celebration of life to cherish the memories we shared with Don. Family, loved ones, and friends are welcome to come share one last beer with Don at Blue Spruce Brewery on January 22, 2022. Please stop by the brewery located at 10577 W. Centennial Road, Littleton, CO 80127 anytime between 3-6PM MST for our celebration.