Donald Karr

Donald Karr

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Arrangements entrusted to Walker Sanderson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered to the family and a live broadcast of services may be watched at

Donald Verle Karr was born on August 22, 1934 in Council Bluffs, IA, to Bulis William Karr and Erie Cleota Inman. He passed away peacefully June 14, 2020 in Orem, UT, at the age of 85 in his home surrounded by his family. He was a loving man and friend to all, always there to support his family or make them laugh with a quick-witted comment or joke.

Don was a man of adventure who loved Westerns, horses, historic aircraft, vintage automobiles, and guns. He was also quite a MacGyver, fixing everything he could with just duct tape, bailing wire, bungee cords, or zip ties. Of all the things he loved, though, his family was what he cherished most. Every member of his family has special memories of spending time with him at his home and sharing conversations with him that will remain in their hearts forever.

He graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1952, and then attended Brigham Young University to earn his Associate of Science in Electronics Technology. His love of BYU never waned, and he remained a devout fan of everything BYU all his life. Don was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lived his faith through his dedication to several different leadership and teaching positions over the years.
He married Elizabeth Annette Carwin on February 5, 1959 in the Salt Lake City Temple, and they were married for 37 years until her passing on August 17, 1997. Don and Elizabeth raised 9 children, 8 boys and 1 girl. They settled in Orem in 1964, where he resided until his death. Don treasured spending time with his children—often playing a game of catch with them after work. He also had a passion for the mountains, and he built a camper for the family to go exploring when they could. Additionally, their family was very involved in LDS Church activities and enjoyed participating in those together on Friday nights.

He spent his career at BYU in various roles, culminating in the Zoology stockroom manager until his retirement in 1997. His children loved to visit him at work because he was famous at BYU for making popcorn on a Bunsen burner. He also worked on AV projectors for work and would bring one home whenever he could to have movie nights with his family. His grandchildren also looked forward to visiting him at his work and always hoped for the opportunity to freeze something with liquid nitrogen.

Don remarried Barbara Jean Potts Dicker, his childhood friend, on March 7, 1998, and they shared 22 happy years together. They were sealed in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. His and Barbara’s favorite pastimes included listening to their favorite music, going for long drives, and spending time with family and friends. They also enjoyed having Don’s sister Leola come over to reminisce about the three of them growing up together, including their sleigh-ride adventures in the pasture of the Karr childhood home.

Don is survived by his wife, Barbara Karr; children Mark Scott & Julie Karr, Kathy Cae & Kevin Bascom, Donald Trent & Kerry Karr, Kenneth Tyler & Debbie Karr, Kevin James & Wendy Karr, Shawn Ryan & Martha Karr, Bryan Wayne & Cheryl Karr, and Jaren LaVere Karr; step-children Vicki Lynn & Bob Evans, Jennifer Louise & Todd Boyd; his sister, Leola Mae Williams; his 39 grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren (and counting). He is preceded in death by his parents Bulis & Erie Karr, late-wife Elizabeth Annette Karr, brother Kenneth Bulis Karr, and his son Brett William Karr.

Don, we love you very much and will miss you until we meet again. We hope you are saddling up on the other side, toothpick in your mouth and loved ones by your side, looking forward to your next great adventure.
A viewing will be held Friday, June 19th from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N., Orem, UT and everyone is welcome. There will also be viewing on Saturday, June 20th from 9:30–10:30 a.m. followed by the funeral at the Canyon View LDS Stake Center, 575 E. 800 N., Orem, UT with both being for family only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Burial will follow at Orem City Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 19th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, June 19th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current COVID-19 guidelines observed
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Canyon View Stake Center
    575 East 800 North
    Orem, Utah 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current COVID-19 guidelines observed
  • Service

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 11:00am
    Canyon View Stake Center
    575 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current COVID-19 guidelines observed
    LIVE STREAM of services - 11:00 a.m.

    Interment in Orem City Cemetery


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Gayla Dahl

Posted at 09:41pm
Don Karr Family,
We use to live next to Kathy and Kevin and that is usually where we saw your Dad, although we know that he helped all of you out whenever he could. He had the patience of Job. We have been gone from Orem 18 years, so there have probably been a lot of changes, but your Dad probably was not one of them. He was a constant in all of your lives. Such a hard worker and loving man with a smile and a laugh for all.
We pray for the Lord's choicest blessings for all of you to give you strength and peace.
Lots of Love,
David and Gayla Dahl
Steffany, Karryn, Bekki, Travvis, Jodee and Brett

Sara Anderson

Posted at 12:34pm
Dear Karr Family,
I'm so Sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful dad. I have such fond memories of our get togethers with Grandpa Bulis and Grandma Ivy and all of your family and Leola. Your dad was always so kind to everyone in our family and welcomed Grandma Ivy into your family with open arms. Your Grandpa Bulis was a choice blessing in Grandma Ivy's life I pray you will feel comfort and peace in the coming days and months as you share the wonderful memories of your great dad.

Sara Diamond Anderson

C Donald Ostler

Posted at 11:35pm
Dear Barbara,

We are sorry for the passing of your husband and sweetheart. You have been a wonderful addition to the Karr family, the ward and the neighborhood. You were a joy from the first time we met you some 22 years ago. You have always been so kind and welcoming.

We were so surprised when Don went back to Iowa and came back with someone so sweet and compatible. You have been such a loving wife and companion all these years.

We have so much enjoyed our little chats before church and over the phone. We consider you and Don our good friends. We appreciate your prayers in our behalf as we have been going through our trials.

May the Lord bless you in whatever you now plan to do. We hope to stay in touch.

Love Always, Vivian and Don Ostler

C Donald Ostler

Posted at 11:07pm
To the Karr Family upon the Death of your Father, Don Karr

I have been thinking of you for the last several days since we received word that your father, passed from this life to the next. I have been remembering each of you and our past contacts.

I would liked to have talked with him one more time. I miss his cheerful countenance, his positive attitude, and just knowing that he is there. I liked to think of him as my friend who listened, gave enthusiastic advice. He was someone with whom I could have a friendly talk. And I appreciate that he was always willing to help people.

I honor Don Karr as an example of one who is steady in the faith of Lord Jesus Christ and in testimony of Him and the good works that follow those who have faith in Him. There is great joy in knowing that you are doing as well as you can in keeping the commandments of God. Don was one who exemplified that joy.

I honor Don Karr because I have known many of you, his children, grandchildren and spouses and the good people that you are trying to be. I have been blessed to know many of you.

May you all have peace and love and joy by knowing that he is your Dad and that long ago, he chose the good over evil and added to that, great faith.

Love Always, Your Brother, C Donald Ostler - 19 June 2020

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