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Don S. Mitchell

Posted 2010-03-30 by Pat Wilson
Don S. Mitchell died December 3, 2002 at Margaret T. Morris Center. He was born February 4, 1906 in Jerome, Arizona. His parents were Edward and Mary Mitchell. Don was 96 years old.

Don worked many years at Fort Whipple VA Center. He was one of the founding fathers of the Yavapai Prescott Indian Reservation, and proudly served as Tribal Chairman for 32 years. He was the founding member of both the Tribal Cattlemen's Association and the Southwest Indian Bible Conference, and a Charter member and Elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Don did a great many of the stone works that have become a Yavapai County treasure, when he worked for the WPA most notably around Ken Lindley Field, the Smoki Pueblo and Orme School. He also at this time was an outstanding athlete and coach. He took great pride in his heritage and spoke 3 languages fluently. He was a great teacher of tribal history especially traditional medicines. He was one of the Tribe's patriarchs many called him " Grandpa Don". Don was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved to spend time traveling or in his garden.

Don is survived by his daughter, Ruth Welsh, daughter-in-law Lylah Mitchell; sister, Nancy Montano; grandchildren, Donna Mitchell, Violet Mitchell Enos, Lorna Galeano, Edward Mitchell, Rose McMahon, Gracie Welsh, Anson and Russell Welsh, and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wives Chieftess Grace Jimulla and Martha Underwood; sons Donald and Richard.

Celebration of Don's Life was Saturday, December 7, 2002 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave followed by burial at the Yavapai Prescott Indian Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday, December 6, 2002 at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home 303 S. Cortez. The family suggests memorials in his name to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Avenue, Prescott, Arizona 86303.

The Arizona Republic
December 5, 2002

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