Donald John Balfour Sr. passed away Wednesday, July 5th 2023. He was born December 25th, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Donald and Phyllis Balfour.

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Don married Judy Lynn Waters May 22, 1963. Together they spent the last 60 years one adventure after another.

Don retired from Hogle Zoo where he spent 28 years working with and around the animals. In his spare time Don enjoyed motorcycles, tractors along with Bourbon & Water and his good friends.

Don loved birds of prey and because of this love he completed the steps and licensing requirements to have birds of his own. Don went through the process of being an apprentice then moved on to the required five years being a General Falconer showing the necessary expertise in successful hunting and care of birds and experience with more than one species of raptor. After completing the General Falconer program he completed all of the requirements to move into the elite group of Master Falconers of which he Don, it's your turn to fly! held that license for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his wife Judy, his children Wendy Lee and Don Jr., grandchildren; Cody Densley, Nicole Passey and six great grandchildren. Don is also survived by his mother Phyllis Balfour and brother Darin (Bonnie) Balfour along with many nieces and nephews. Don is preceded in death by his father Donald Balfour and brothers Dennis and Douglas Balfour

Don Donated his body to the University of Utah Body Donal program. Celebration of life will be at a later date.

Love and miss you.

Life Story Info

Post Date

Jul 11, 2023

Personal Info

Born

Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Died

West Valley City, Utah, United States

Age

78

Worked For

  • Hogle Zoo
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Judy,

So sorry for your loss.Don was a man who’s strength surrounded him. Although he didn’t want everyone to know his softer side, he cared and loved deeply, those of us that knew him knew this about him. You were the love of his life and he will be greatly missed.

Mary Anne Balfour , South Jordan, UT, US Jul 12, 2023

Judy,

So sorry for your loss.Don was a man who’s strength surrounded him. Although he didn’t want everyone to know his softer side, he cared and loved deeply, those of us that knew him knew this about him. You were the love of his life and he will be greatly missed.

Mary Anne Balfour , South Jordan, UT, US Jul 12, 2023

Judy,

So sorry for your loss.Don was a man who’s strength surrounded him. Although he didn’t want everyone to know his softer side, he cared and loved deeply, those of us that knew him knew this about him. You were the love of his life and he will be greatly missed.

Mary Anne Balfour , South Jordan, UT, US Jul 12, 2023

Judy,

So sorry for your loss.Don was a man who’s strength surrounded him. Although he didn’t want everyone to know his softer side, he cared and loved deeply, those of us that knew him knew this about him. You were the love of his life and he will be greatly missed.

Mary Anne Balfour , South Jordan, UT, US Jul 12, 2023

My prayers go out to Aunt Judy and all the family. I’m so sorry for the loss of my Uncle Don. Thank you to you both for always looking after me when my Dad needed your help. I love you Uncle Don and rest in peace.

Julie

Julie Robertson Jul 12, 2023

I’m sorry for the loss of your father Don! My thoughts are with you and your family! I went to Riley Elementary with Don Jr. I remember going to your house after school!

Keith Dailey , Herriman, UT, US Jul 12, 2023

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  • May 30, 1982

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  • 1990
  • May 30, 1992

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