Obituary: Donald F. Van Dyne |

Obituary: Donald F. Van Dyne

Donald F. Van Dyne
Special to the Daily |

Donald F. Van Dyne

June 30 1933 – May 7, 2017

Donald F, Van Dyne 83, (fondly known as Van) of Keystone, Colorado, passed away at St Anthony Hospital in Lakewood on May 7, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Oklahoma. He and his wife, Meredith, of 58 years met in Paris, France, while Van was serving in the Marine Corps and was stationed at the American Embassy. After his Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps, they returned to Europe to live. Their two daughters, Vanessa and Allison, were born in London, England, and their son Donald Jr. was born while they were living in Frankfurt, Germany.

Van and Meredith moved to Keystone in 1988 from Miami Beach. Van enjoyed skiing, hiking, cycling, calligraphy and golf (the goal to never lose his ball). He helped start the Mountain Responsibility Team, (later known as the Yellow Jackets) at Keystone with a group of friends in the 1990s, and was an avid volunteer for many years. In 2005 he became a dedicated volunteer at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco. He was also a founding member of the Hospital Foundation Board.

Van is survived by his loving wife and best friend Meredith, his daughters, Vanessa Van Dyne and Allison Jensen. His son Donald and his wife Katy. Five granddaughters, Ashley and Caiti Johnson, Madelyn and Elise Jensen, Maggie-Molloy Van Dyne and a great granddaughter Ella-Grace Johnson.

Van will always be remembered for his kind smile and his great love of family, friends and community. He never met a stranger and one of his favorite saying was, ”Whatever you do, have fun doing it.”

As a memorial to Van. the family asks that donations be made to Flight For Life Colorado, 11600 West 2nd Place, Lakewood, Co. 80228. or made online at:

A joyous celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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