Joseph Donald Shebert

Aug 4, 1933 - Apr 1, 2017


Shebert, Joseph Donald

Don Shebert was his own man, a loyal friend and a loving husband, father and grandpa. He was born on August 4, 1933, in Youngstown, Ohio, and passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family on April 1, 2017 at the age of 83.

He leaves his wife Patricia, daughter Bonnie Gracia and her husband James, son Steven Shebert, son Charles Shebert and wife Stephanie, granddaughters Sierra, Rachel and Alyssa, and son Nickolas Shebert and wife Jill, and grandsons Justin and Eric.

He moved to Sacramento with his family at the age of 16. After 2 years at Sacramento City College, he served with the United States Marine Corps in Korea. While later studying at Calif. State University, Sacramento, he was a photographer for publications in the Journalism department, where he met his future wife. They were married for 58 years and lived in Sacramento, Clarksburg, and West Sacramento.

As a professional aerial photographer he flew over and mapped several states and countries. His career path later took him into distribution management. However, his creative interests revolved around wood carving and the creation of bonsai trees.

In Clarksburg, where he lived for 35 years, he also volunteered with the local Boy Scout Troop as an assistant leader and committee member. He was proud to see two of his sons and a grandson achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and he helped many boys to reach that goal during his tenure. As an active leader in Scouting for over 40 years he was the recipient of Boy Scouts’ Silver Beaver and Golden Bear awards.

He was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clarksburg, where he greeted people at the door, helped them find seats, took up the offering and helped with the liturgy, He also was a “roadie” of St. Joseph’s De-Vine Bells handbell choir, which is directed by wife Pat, where he set up tables and carted cases of handbells.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 10 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 32890 South River Road, Clarksburg. Burial will be private.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Bob Russo says:

    Pat, Please accept my condolences on the loss of Don.

  • Bruce & Irene Wilbourn says:

    Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Luved to see the both of you together. He will be missed. If there is anything we can do let us know.

  • Graham says:

    I really am missing him and will the rest of my life. But like all my losses the wound heals but the scars never go away. He was so good at so many things but washing all the little scouts faces so they would be presentable to their parents after a 50 mile accumulation of grime was just one great example of his compassionate Manhood!

  • Dave & Donna Clegg says:

    Aunt Pat, Please accept our condolences on your loss of Uncle Don. I loved visiting your home in Clarksburg as a child and was welcomed as family. I will always remember the day he took time out of his busy day, to give a tour of his aerial photography lab at the airport, to my cub scout troop. Donna and I are sorry that we are out of state and unable to attend Uncle Don’s services. He will never be forgotten. Dave & Donna Clegg

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