Donald "Don" Dale Ridenour

Nov 2, 1950 - Apr 28, 2022

East Lawn Memorial Park East Sacramento
4300 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA, 95819


Donald (Don) Dale Ridenour passed on April 28, 2022. He is survived by his wife Pam, son Donovan and his wife Isabelle, daughter Sabrina and her husband Rick, grandchildren; Brittney and her husband Donny, Savannah and her fiancée Peter, Darion, Drake, Sierra, Jordan, and great-granddaughter Stella. Also, his siblings Tristan, Darrell, Gwenda, Richard, Pam, Darrell, and Valerie. Don was a family man and his family meant everything to him. He adored his wife, loved his children, and cherished his grandchildren and great grandchild.  The large family and close ties with them made him happy till the end.

Don was passionate about many things, and Pam, his children and grandchildren shared in many of those passions with him. Ford cars and trucks, Honda motorcycles, firearms, and the Oakland Raiders were near the top of the list. He attained some life-long dreams before he passed. A major achievement was when he earned his pilot’s license and began flying around California. He rode his motorcycles across the country seeing many sites along the way. But what topped the list for Don was sharing those passions with family, and none more that teaching his wife, his kids and grandkids to ride motorcycles. He loved to ride. Riding with his family and seeing them become proficient made him very proud, and we all loved to ride with him.

A Celebration of Life for Don will be held on June 11, 2022 from 1-5pm at the East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95819. Family and friends are encouraged to join us to share memories and celebrate his life.

Don will be laid to rest on June 29, 2022 at 9:15am at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620.


  • Donovan says:

    He taught me so many things. To ride a bike at 4 and then to ride a motorcycle at 5. He taught me to double ski at 11 and then to single ski at 12. He taught me to drive. He taught me how to use tools safely, how to maintain vehicles. Most importantly he taught me the importance of family. I thought I had so much more time with him, and now that he is gone the time I did have just wasn’t enough. I miss you dad. I am so thankful for the time we had together. Most of all I am thankful you are no longer in pain. Tell Michael, Grandma, Grandpa, and your mom I said “Hi.” I love you.

  • Sabrina Merrifield says:

    My dad, my kindred spirit and confidant..

    A girls first love is her daddy. You were always my hero. You knew everything, could fix anything and knew how to make everything better. From your military wake ups to tickle fights, birthday spanking tunnels and your social butterfly personality (which I love that Sierra inherited from you) to always being “adequate” as you would say. This is a small list of what I will miss. But mostly what I will miss is our talks and how much you loved our family. You always loved mom and wanted nothing more than to show her off and how lucky you were to have her. Your pride and joy was with your grandkids. You flower watching them ride motorcycles, getting awards at school, earned their Eagle Scout award and seeing them find their first loves.
    I know your heart was complete when you found your brother and sisters. You searched so long for them and were beyond the moon when you found them and were able to meet them. At that moment you were at peace.
    I know you will be with all of us during every trip, holiday, accomplishment, and in our sadness. All we have to do is think of you! You will be waiting on us in heaven.
    I just want everyone to remember that giddy smile, shoulder shrug and giggle you had when you were excited.
    You will always be my biggest hero, first love and now guardian angel.
    My father gave us all the greatest gift any person can ever receive, he believed in us!
    I love you dad!
    -Sabrina (Brie)

  • Gwenda Swain says:

    My heart is overflowing with so many emotions right now that it’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll try. I had known about Don and his brothers all my life but had no idea where they were; then last summer I received a phone call from my sister Pam telling me to expect another phone call. We hung up and phone rang again and the man on the other end ask me if the name Ridenour sounded familiar? I replied yes but wasn’t sure where I’d heard it from. Well Don replied “I’m Don Ridenour, your brother, and I’ve been looking for you for 20 years!” Oh my goodness I was so happy and excited and thankful, that I didn’t know how to act! My Brother Don, & his wife, Pam, & thief daughter, & granddaughter came to visit us! It was such a special time getting to know them all and there was no doubt he was our brother as he looked just like us. Wow, god works in mysterious ways!! Those few day getting to know Don were quite wonderful and I will never ever forget them, I only wish I had been blessed with having mush more!! Don I love you with all I have and my heart is breaking knowing I won’t have any more! Please Rest In Peace brother and know that I full well plan on seeing you again, and then we’ll have forever!! Your Sis, Gwenda🌾🌺💐🍄🥀🌻🌷🌹🌿. LOVE YOU

  • Pam Ridenour says:

    You were and will always be my best friend and the love of my life. We were destined to meet, fall in love and spend our lives together. My heart is broken and I will miss you each and every day.
    I will love you forever. You were a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. You cherished and loved your family and friends. Each of them hold a special place in your heart, especially your son and daughter. You were so proud of them and loved them so much. The most important lesson you taught us is to cherish each other because life is too short. It’s a great comfort to me knowing that you are in heaven and finally at peace.
    Your loving wife, Pam

  • Pam Courchene says:

    As I listened to the message the first time you called me, I knew exactly who you were. I didn’t even finish listening to the rest of your message, I just immediately called you and was so excited that you had found me. I knew of you and your brothers, I had looked for all of you before. My biggest regret is that I didn’t search harder and that we didn’t find each other sooner. Our time knowing each other was too short. I hope you and mom have a wonderful reunion. I’m so glad Val and I were able to come see you one last time.
    I love you brother!

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