About Don Jay Applegate
Don J. Applegate, 80, passed on to Heaven on Aug. 24, 2007, at the St. George Care Center. He had been disabled with Parkinson’s Disease, PSP and a series of strokes. His parents; brother, George Blaine Applegate; grandson, Eric Matheson; son-in-law, Robert Vance; and daughter-in-law, Pamela Applegate, all preceded him in death.
Don was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Circleville, Piute County, Utah, to Barton and Verda Fox Applegate. He married Corrine Jolley on Jan. 31, 1945, in the St. George LDS Temple, before shipping out to the Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II. His early school years were in Circleville. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education in Cedar City in 1951. Don taught in Cedar City and was a principal in Beryl Junction and Parowan, Utah. He was a reading specialist in 17 Idaho school districts.
In the summers he attended USU in Logan, Utah, receiving his master’s degree. He was the educational director in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He then served as the elementary curriculum director in the Nebo School District in the Spanish Fork, Utah, office. He also taught college classes for USU Outreach. He was a notable educator for 40 years and beyond.
Don served as the president and district governor in the Utah Lions Club, traveling to the eastern United States and Nice, France, for conventions. The family enjoyed their home on five acres in Palmyra (near Spanish Fork) for 22 years. Don was a great poet, inspiring family and friends. He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in a variety of callings. He enjoyed horses, was an expert farrier and taught horseshoeing schools. Eventually, he and Corrine retired to Ivins, Utah. They’ve had 62 wonderful years together.
Don is survived by his wife, Corrine; five sons and five daughters: Steven (Pauline) Applegate, of Parowan, Utah; Chris (Pamela) Applegate, of Phoenix, Ariz.; David Applegate, of Provo, Utah; Don J. (Diana) Applegate, of Salem, Utah; Derek (Shawna) Applegate, of Ivins; Mickie Evans, of Parowan, Utah; Evalee (Raymon) Matheson, of Shelley, Idaho; Mary Ann (Hal) Baird, of Pingree, Idaho; Corrine (John) Spencer, of Orem, Utah; Karrie Lyn (Robert) Vance, of American Fork, Utah; and mother-in-law, Mary Jolley, of St. George.
Don, with his great devotion to his family, will be lovingly missed. He leaves 44 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.
Services were Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Ivins LDS 10th Ward Chapel. Interment was in the Ivins City Cemetery, with full military honors, under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary.