Don Reimer, of Boulder and Broomfield, passed away suddenly on September 1, 2021, at a local hospital from interstitial lung disease. He passed away peacefully as he was surrounded by his wife of 46 years and his three daughters. He was fully vaccinated last winter and his death was not connected to the Covid virus.
Don was born in Beatrice, NE on July 1,1942 to Don Reimer, Sr. and Esther Faulder Reimer. He received a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College in 1964. Following college he joined the Air Force and became a B-52 navigator serving for 5 years. After the Air Force he attained a teaching certificate and taught in California for a few years. During this time he married and divorced sometime later. His daughter Rebecca lives in the local area with her husband Robert Bolton. From his first marriage, Don has three adult grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
For several years Don worked as the General Manager for the Grand Island Division of Modern Farm Systems, Inc., a grain handling manufacturing company started by his father in Webster City, IA. It was in Grand Island where he met Beverly (Bev) Mischke Reimer. They were married on April 26, 1975.
Don and Bev have two daughters. Sarah is married to Colin Dawson and they have two children. Laura is married to Greg Lamb. They have one child and a second baby is due in November.
After Modern Farms Systems, Inc.was sold to a larger company, Don and Bev had an opportunity to buy a business in Boulder, CO. They moved to the area in December 1980 to own and operate Colorado Health Food Store. Inc. until it closed in 1999.
While managing the store, Don was involved with the Downtown Boulder Association. He was also involved for several years with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Nutritional Food Association. In 1989 he became a Certified Nutritionist through the NINE program.
After closing the store, Don went back to school and attained a Certification in Information Technology from the Devry University’s ‘boot camp’ in June of 1999. He worked for GE Access in Boulder for several years.
Don enjoyed playing guitar and singing. And he especially liked singing barbershop and being a part of the Boulder Timberliners Barbershop Chorus for many years as well as the Longmont Longs Peak Chorus in later years. He loved that barbershop harmony!
Don always loved being a private pilot both in Nebraska and in Colorado. He did the ‘highest airport in the USA' experience at Leadville, CO as well as flying solo to Oshkosh, WI from Colorado for the EAA AirVenture.
He served on the Flatirons Habitat for Humanity board of directors for several years. Helping others was important to Don as he was also a financial supporter of many national and local charitable organizations.
In his retirement years, Don was blessed to be able to travel with his wife Bev, around the USA and Canada with their various motorhomes/trailer adventures.
A Memorial Service to Celebrate Don's life will be held sometime in the coming year. Please continue to check back for details. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation in Don's memory to National Jewish-America's #1 Respiratory Hospital.