We are sad to share that Donna Russell Whitaker suffered a heart attack and passed away.

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Donna was an amazing wife, mother, and example of selfless loving service to all the lives that she touched. From her early career as a nurse to her final days she was devoted to improving the lives that she touched, consistently putting the needs of others above herself. She was a devoted wife to Don and loved him with all her heart until her last day. She was proud of the life that they build and the home they were able to provide to all that they knew. Her role as a mother went far beyond her children Renée and James, extending to countless others in the community. She was always there to cook a meal, give a ride or help everyone that was fortunate enough to know her. Creating plates of cookies and treats at each holiday was one of her deep joys to spread to all she knew. She was a proud grandmother to Justin, Marissa, Ben and Jenna and I’m sure that if you spent any time with her, you heard a story about one of them. Visiting her home you won’t find a wall with out a craft, drawing or photo of the grandkids.

Donna poured her heart into the Boy Scouts over many years, constantly helping, guiding, mentoring, pushing and occasionally dragging so many young men through the program that it was amazing she could remember them all. She truly believed Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all that knew her. in the program and its ability to help mold young men, her pride in the work was clear countless times when she forwarded a post or pointed out one of her Scouts.

She also served diligently and faithfully in many positions in the church, she was honored to serve and grateful beyond words for those who served her. She was dedicated to the work and happy to call so many people around her a friend.

Donna will be truly missed by all those who knew her. She leaves a large hole in our lives that is only filled with the knowledge that she is in a better place watching over those that she loved in this life waiting to be reunited.


Memorial Service

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Russon Brothers
295 N. Main St.
Bountiful, UT 84010


  • Survived By
  • Don Whitaker, Husband
  • Renee Whitaker, Daughter
  • James Whitaker, Son
  • Justin Whitaker, Grandson
  • Marissa Whitaker, Granddaughter
  • Ben Whitaker, Grandson
  • Jenna Whitaker, Granddaughter

Life Story Info

Post Date

Oct 25, 2022

Personal Info


Farmington, Utah, United States

Cause of Death

Heart Attack





Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint


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There is no award in scouting or this life to equal the selfless service that Donna rendered over her lifetime.

Donna was instrumental in helping me earn many a merit badge and eventually my Eagle, but the bigger influence and life lesson she taught me was her living example of Mosiah 2:17.

Having the Whitakers make their home (with round fish tanks embedded in the wall) in Farmington has infinitely blessed the lives of thousands.

The influence of one human is amazing. Thank you Donna!

Andrew Oct 30, 2022

Donna was not only a great scout leader to me when I was 12, but she's been a life cheerleader and friend. I know I'm only 1 of many. Rest in peace, Friend.

Matt Jones , Lehi, UT, US Oct 27, 2022

I will miss Aunt Donna so much. She was a influence in my life in so many ways. I became an RN because of a school project in which I interviewed her for different potential job interests. It stuck! Aunt Donna was always kind and went out of her way for anyone and still be firm with you if needed. Family was first for her and she cared for her extended family graciously. Oh she loved Uncle Don. She would address him as “Donald” at times and with a twinkle in her eye. I will miss that twinkle in her eye….her whole face lit up.

Her earthly work is done. The Lord must have important work for her dressed in her white. Her parents, Grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa Whitaker and Dad had to have met her with open arms. Walk softly Aunt Donna. Till we meet again.

Kris and Lisa Soper , Koosharem, UT, US Oct 26, 2022

Our family truly loved your Mom. She was always so kind. A good friend to all. So sorry for your loss.

Debbie Carlsen Oct 26, 2022