Bushnell, Donald Edward
MANTECA, CALIF. -
Donald Edward Bushnell, age 58, died on Friday, Feb.
22, 2002, at St. Dominics Hospital in Manteca, Calif. Donald was born on
June 3, 1943, in Connecticut. Donald was an MD, PHD in San Joaquin
Valley, Calif. He was a doctor of Internal Medicine and Infectious
disease and life long student. He loved to learn. He was very
compassionate and generous. He enjoyed life as it was, material things
weren't important to him. He was a jokester. He had the talent of making
people laugh and could talk to anybody. He enjoyed his Shih-Tzu dogs. He
also loved fairs, carnivals, and Reno (anywhere he could play!) Donald
received his 1st Medical Degree from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Over the years he worked in Cancer Research, Aids
Research, Microbiology, and various other areas. He was a brilliant man.
He was published in the JAMA Medical Journal, New England Journal of
Medicine, and many other medical journals. He is survived by his mother,
Elizabeth Bushnell of Santa Rosa, Calif.; three children, Melissa Nelson
of Hudson, Wis., Lisa Hammet of Tracy, Calif. and Brian Castle of
Alameda, Calif.; two brothers, Jim Bushnell of Long Beach, Calif. and
Ralph Bushnell of Laguna Hills, Calif.; and three grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Mary Bushnell in 1999. A memorial service
for Donald and Mary Bushnell will be Thursday, March 28, 2002, at 10
a.m. at P.L. FRY & SON FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorials may
be made to the American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton,
Calif. 85204. P.L. Fry & Son will be in charge of all arrangements.
He will be deeply missed.
Don had signed up to come back for our 40th class
reunion and we all wondered why he didn't make it. That name tag with
his old high school photo sat by itself on the table at Jingles.
Joe Schiro recently talked with Ralph and Libby Barnard Farmer after
talking with Don's daughter, Melissa. We now have some of the answers.
Melissa relates that Don's patients needed him about the time of the
reunion and he just couldn't get away. We all wish that he had been able
to make that last trip, but he just couldn't get away. Melissa said he
was the most devoted doctor you'd ever see -- patients came first,
period. Don died suddenly of a massive heart attack. His second wife was
Mary, and they were together for almost 30 years. She had 2 kids that
Don helped raise. Apparently when Mary died in 1999 (colon cancer) part
of Don died too ... they were very close. Melissa told Joe she thinks he
died of a broken heart, (literally and figuratively).
Mrs. Bushnell is 93. Melissa reports that she broke her hip in
December but is doing well. Don's death has hit her very hard. Don was
the one who looked after her.
Melissa lives in Hudson, Wisconsin with her husband and 3 teenagers.
605 Grange Road
Hudson, WI, 54016
Joe said that it would mean a lot to her to hear from her Dad's
friends, so if you are inclined --- write or e-mail. She would love to
hear about old times, dates, football -- all that stuff that was part of
high school. Don and her mother were divorced when Melissa was very
young and she missed many of those old memories. As it says in the
obituary. "He will be deeply missed."