Donna Swenson Schultz, 74, passed away peacefully at her home in St. George, Utah on April 15th, 2023, after a 2 1/2-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

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It is with a heavy heart that we announce Donna’s passing. She was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of so many with her warmth, grace, and spirit of adventure. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and community member, and her loss is deeply felt by all who knew her.

Donna was born on October 5, 1948, in Murray, Utah to Archibald and Norma Swenson, and raised in the small town of Moab, Utah. She was one of 5 children raised in an immensely loving household. She was involved in multiple activities and social clubs in school. Many of the friendships she made as a child she maintained her entire life.

Donna met and married the love of her life, David Schultz, in 1969, and they were married for nearly 54 years and remained deeply in love until she left us. They settled in Sandy, Utah, and raised their three children, Melanie, Jeremy, and Amy. Their focus as parents was always on quality time with their children; they enjoyed sports, camping and family vacations.

Donna lived a life full of joy and adventure. She loved nothing more than being surrounded by family and friends, and her home was always open to anyone in need of love and support. She could entertain or host a family dinner at the drop of a hat. She had a gift for making and maintaining great friendships, and her circle of loved ones extended far and wide.

Throughout her life, Donna had a passion for sports, including tennis, golf (including 2 separate holes- in-one!), hiking, biking, and pickleball. While competitive, yet a model of sportsmanship, Donna loved sport for the sense of community and being able to have activity she could share with those she loved the most.

In addition to her athletic achievements and adventurous spirit, Donna had a successful career in accounting and finance. She was also committed to giving back to her community. For many years she worked with the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City, as a member of the board, and later serving as president. She also served in many roles with her church, Cottonwood Presbyterian, including as an Elder and a Deacon in service to the congregation. She also sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. But her true passion was always her family and friends, and she devoted herself wholeheartedly to raising her three children and creating a warm and welcoming home for all who entered.

No gathering was complete without her infectious laughter, her warm smile, and her signature wit. She had a gift for bringing people together and making everyone feel like they belonged.

As Donna fought valiantly to stay with us, her family and friends were by her side, offering love and support until the end. Her memory will always be with us, and her legacy of love, kindness, and adventure will live on through the countless lives she touched.

We take comfort in knowing that this remarkable woman lived her life to the fullest every day, and her spirit will continue to inspire us all.

Donna is survived by her loving, amazing husband and best friend David, also by her children, who she loved and cherished and was so proud of. Daughter Melanie LaPointe (Glenn), son Jeremy Schultz (Kris), daughter Amy Ferre (David). Her granddaughters Caitlin Herzog (Brad), Kira Christiansen (Chris), Sara Ferre, Makayla Rooker, Amanda Ferre. Step granddaughters Elowyn and Adrienne LaPointe. Her grandsons Zackary Rooker, and Jacob Ferre (Bailey). Her great grandchildren, Ava, Alex, Henry, Weston, Jaxon and Cashton. Surviving siblings Linda Rowley (Randy), Bonnie Bohannon (Richard), Bruce Swenson (Terri), sister-in-law Kathy Swenson, along with many nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Preceded in death by parents Archie and Norma Swenson, loving brother Lloyd Swenson, in-laws Larry and Marletta Schultz, and step nephew Preston Rowley.

A memorial fund has been created in Donna’s name. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Cottonwood Presbyterian Church.

Please join our family at a memorial service at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church at 1580 E. Vine Street, Murray, UT 84121 on Saturday, April 22nd at 1:00 PM. A reception will follow from 2:00 to 3:00.

Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cottonwood Presbyterian Church
1580 E. Vine Street
Murray, UT 84121

Life Story Info

Post Date

Apr 17, 2023

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Guestbook

Remembering all the great times we had. Donna had such a bubbly personality. R.I.P.

Mike Perry , Port Saint Lucie , FL, US May 28, 2023

Dear Dave and Family

We were so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a fighter and fought a valiant battle. From the moment we met her over 40 years ago, she instantly befriended us. She was the most positive, fun loving, kind, hospitable person and someone everyone wanted to be around. We are so grateful to have known her. Her beautiful smile, infectious laugh, big hugs, unstoppable energy will be sorely missed. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Our prayers and love are sent to all of you as you grieve your loss, but hope the many happy memories of Donna will give you some comfort.

Love, Sue and Tom

Sue and Tom Terry , Salt Lake City, UT, US Apr 20, 2023

Dear Dave and Family

We were so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a fighter and fought a valiant battle. From the moment we met her over 40 years ago, she instantly befriended us. She was the most positive, fun loving, kind, hospitable person and someone everyone wanted to be around. We are so grateful to have known her. Her beautiful smile, infectious laugh, big hugs, unstoppable energy will be sorely missed. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Our prayers and love are sent to all of you as you grieve your loss, but hope the many happy memories of Donna will give you some comfort.

Love, Sue and Tom

Sue and Tom Terry , Salt Lake City, UT, US Apr 20, 2023

I am about the same age as your mother, but didn't know her. She certainly was beautiful though!

Carol , Centerville, UT, US Apr 20, 2023

Dave and family,

We were saddened to hear of Donna’s death. We have so many fond memories of times spent together at Cottonwood events and many social gatherings. She was such a beautiful person inside and out and she had such a loving fun spirit and a compassionate heart. We loved her laugh and her sweet presence that lit up a room. She fought her battle with Cancer so hard the last few years and we so wish she would have had a different outcome. Our prayers and blessings are sent to all of you as you grieve the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother and try to adjust to life without her beautiful presence in it. She loved her family so much and she is now watching over all of you from afar. We feel fortunate to have known her and enjoyed her dear friendship over the years. May all your sweet memories give you some comfort during the coming weeks and months. We can only imagine how hard her last few months have been for all of you. Wishing you peace in the days ahead.

Love

Ron and Connie Owsley

Connie Owsley , Salt Lake City, UT, US Apr 20, 2023

Dave and family,

We were saddened to hear of Donna’s death. We have so many fond memories of times spent together at Cottonwood events and many social gatherings. She was such a beautiful person inside and out and she had such a loving fun spirit and a compassionate heart. We loved her laugh and her sweet presence that lit up a room. She fought her battle with Cancer so hard the last few years and we so wish she would have had a different outcome. Our prayers and blessings are sent to all of you as you grieve the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother and try to adjust to life without her beautiful presence in it. She loved her family so much and she is now watching over all of you from afar. We feel fortunate to have known her and enjoyed her dear friendship over the years. May all your sweet memories give you some comfort during the coming weeks and months. We can only imagine how hard her last few months have been for all of you. Wishing you peace in the days ahead.

Love

Ron and Connie Owsley

Connie Owsley , Salt Lake City, UT, US Apr 20, 2023

Dave and family,

We were saddened to hear of Donna’s death. We have so many fond memories of times spent together at Cottonwood events and many social gatherings. She was such a beautiful person inside and out and she had such a loving fun spirit and a compassionate heart. We loved her laugh and her sweet presence that lit up a room. She fought her battle with Cancer so hard the last few years and we so wish she would have had a different outcome. Our prayers and blessings are sent to all of you as you grieve the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother and try to adjust to life without her beautiful presence in it. She loved her family so much and she is now watching over all of you from afar. We feel fortunate to have known her and enjoyed her dear friendship over the years. May all your sweet memories give you some comfort during the coming weeks and months. We can only imagine how hard her last few months have been for all of you. Wishing you peace in the days ahead.

Love

Ron and Connie Owsley

Connie Owsley , Salt Lake City, UT, US Apr 20, 2023

Dave, I am so sad about Donna. You and Donna were such good friends and enjoyed the many events like Chat & Chew.

Bob Beaudoin , Murray, UT, US Apr 19, 2023

I'm so sorry to see Donna go, but so glad that's she's in heaven! She was one of my favorite people at Cottonwood Pres. My own mother succumbed to pancreatic cancer also, so I understand the quality of life. Blessings to you, David. My prayers are with you.

Julie Speck Apr 18, 2023

I'm so sorry to see Donna go, but so glad that's she's in heaven! She was one of my favorite people at Cottonwood Pres. My own mother succumbed to pancreatic cancer also, so I understand the quality of life. Blessings to you, David. My prayers are with you.

Julie Speck Apr 18, 2023

I'm so sorry to see Donna go, but so glad that's she's in heaven! She was one of my favorite people at Cottonwood Pres. My own mother succumbed to pancreatic cancer also, so I understand the quality of life. Blessings to you, David. My prayers are with you.

Julie Speck Apr 18, 2023

I'm so sorry to see Donna go, but so glad that's she's in heaven! She was one of my favorite people at Cottonwood Pres. My own mother succumbed to pancreatic cancer also, so I understand the quality of life. Blessings to you, David. My prayers are with you.

Julie Speck Apr 18, 2023

Dear Dave and Family, I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss od Donna..... A beautiful lady in so many ways, she alwasy brought the fun, kindness an laughter. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Obray , Ivins, UT, US Apr 18, 2023

Dear Dave and Family, I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss od Donna..... A beautiful lady in so many ways, she alwasy brought the fun, kindness an laughter. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Obray , Ivins, UT, US Apr 18, 2023

My heart aches for your tremendous loss. Her life story truly gave me a snapshot of how wonderful she was. I met her at SunRiver. It seemed things were always brighter and more fun when she was around. May she rest in peace after such a valiant and courageous battle.

Ellen Thorp , St George, UT, US Apr 18, 2023

My heart aches for your tremendous loss. Her life story truly gave me a snapshot of how wonderful she was. I met her at SunRiver. It seemed things were always brighter and more fun when she was around. May she rest in peace after such a valiant and courageous battle.

Ellen Thorp , St George, UT, US Apr 18, 2023

My heart aches for your tremendous loss. Her life story truly gave me a snapshot of how wonderful she was. I met her at SunRiver. It seemed things were always brighter and more fun when she was around. May she rest in peace after such a valiant and courageous battle.

Ellen Thorp , St George, UT, US Apr 18, 2023

My heart aches for your tremendous loss. Her life story truly gave me a snapshot of how wonderful she was. I met her at SunRiver. It seemed things were always brighter and more fun when she was around. May she rest in peace after such a valiant and courageous battle.

Ellen Thorp , St George, UT, US Apr 18, 2023

We send our deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Troy Roberts Family Apr 18, 2023

We send our deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Troy Roberts Family Apr 18, 2023

We send our deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Troy Roberts Family Apr 18, 2023

We send our deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Troy Roberts Family Apr 18, 2023

We send our deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Troy Roberts Family Apr 18, 2023

Scott and I send our deepest sympathy to all of Donna's family. We only got to meet her at Jake and Bailey's wedding, but felt like we knew her a lifetime! She was so fun and we just loved her!! Hugs to all of you and know that we share in your loss!

Scott Shelley and Kim Crago , Newell , SD, US Apr 17, 2023

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