Don Lawrence McCulloch

Oct 30, 1938 - Aug 18, 2022

East Lawn East Sacramento Chapel
4300 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA, 95819

Obituary

Don Lawrence McCulloch was born on October 30, 1938 in Denver, Colorado to John C. and Laura M. McCulloch. After a brave battle with lung cancer, Don entered into rest on August 18, 2022 in Sacramento, California.

Music filled Don’s childhood as he began his classical training at Wells Music in Denver, Colorado. He mastered the marimba and drums while his sister, Kay Moore, mastered the piano and accordion. A gifted percussionist from his youth, Don played the marimba with four mallets in each hand to produce grand and stately tones. His 26 day younger Uncle Johnny remarked, “I marveled at his tremendous ability not to miss a beat.” Don and childhood friend, Kenny Malone, (who later became a famed drummer in Nashville, Tennessee) performed in the Denver Junior Police Band. A highlight of his childhood, Don would well up with emotion as he reminisced about the Denver Junior Police Band’s honor to play at Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1953 Inauguration and tour The White House.

At 17 1/2 years old, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy and toured the Pacific on the USS Lexington. He spoke of the beauty while out at sea visiting Yokosuka and Sasebo Japan and Hong Kong.

After the military, he found a passion for vehicles. As a Teamsters truck driver, Don was awarded One Million Accident Free Miles. Later, he earned his private pilot’s license and loved flying his own plane.

In his latter years, Don belonged to the Model A Club and toured the highways in his beautifully restored 1930 Model A. He also became a docent for the California Automobile Museum. Besides his weekend excursions with his motorcycle buddies up and down the coast, he considered it a thrill to attend the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500.

His last year, he enjoyed many father/daughter dates, precious time that they both treasured as a gift from God.

Don is preceded in death by his wife Sandy Irwin McCulloch, his daughter Nikki Gwen McCulloch, and his niece Cheryl Moore. He is survived by his daughter Dee- Anna (and Steve) Ramirez, one grandson, David Josiah, his sister, Kay Moore, niece Laurie Moore, Aunt Ione Todd, Uncle Carl Moore, Aunt Wilda Moore, and Uncle Johnny Moore.

A memorial service is planned for Don at East Lawn Cemetery at 4300 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento on October 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Guestbook

  • Jessie Moore says:

    Dee-Anna and family, and cousin Kay,I’m so sorry for your loss. I will always remember your dad’s smile and laugh. I know my mom, Marie, always enjoyed her visits with him.I haven’t seen you in years, but when you were just a little girl, I remember baby sitting for you two girls when I visited aunt Laura and Uncle John. Our prayers are with you as you celebrate your dad and brothers life and memory. If you are like me, family is becoming more important as I get older, so keep in touch!

  • John Moore says:

    Don was not only my Nephew but also a good friend. We grew up together and shared many experiences together. Always full of fun and a joy to be around. In our later years we lived far apart but we maintained a closeness through the telephone. I already miss him a lot.

  • Carl Moore says:

    Don was a man I admired, his music, his ability as a mehanic. He always had a smile and a good word for you, also his military service was a pleasant experience as we exchanged experience’s from time to time. I will miss him.

  • Dave and Peggy Gill says:

    We met Don after chasing him down in our neighborhood. He was driving his Model A and we were in ours. Turned out he lived just around the corner. Most of our adventures together involved the car hobby, both driving and fixing them, and the many activities and events we attended. He always had a smile on his face, and we enjoyed visiting with him; he often shared stories of his time in the navy, flying, and being a Teamster. He will be missed with his warm smile that would light up his eyes.

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