ForeverMissed
Donald Allen Pavel passed away in his home on Oct. 31,2021 at the age of 91.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Fern Grass Pavel, his father, Gerald Pavel and brother Daune Pavel. He is survived by a brother, David Pavel of Boulder, CO, three children, Julie Johnson Haffner of Windsor, CO, Karen Kreiner of Loveland, CO and Greg Pavel of Decatur, Ill. He is blessed with five granddaughters Lindsey Miller, Carrie Kern (Roland), Kelley Johnson, Madison Pavel, Shannon Zitting (Jorge) and one grandson, Danny Zitting (Shannon) and four great grandchildren who have been a source of pride to him.
Don was born in Coffeyville, Kansas on November 11, 1929, later moving to Burlington, CO where he grew up. During his younger years he was given the nickname "Doc" because the lunchbox he carried looked like a doctor's satchel. This name stuck with him throughout his life.

At Burlington High School he was a multisport letterman earning a football scholarship to Colorado A & M, now CSU. After graduation he worked at First National Bank of Ft. Collins, CO Managing the Agricultural Loan Department. He worked on the Long-Range Planning Committee of Ft. Collins, started several business parks and a title company. He was most proud of the work he did helping to grow Ft. Collins and Larimer County. He loved working and spending time on his ranch and was the first cattleman in the area to import Limousin Cattle, a French breed, from France in the United States.

In the mid 70's Don left Colorado and began traveling. He ended up in Birmingham, AL where he met and married Jane Peifer in 1997. He loved spending time with his wife at the beach, watching the sunsets and the birds on their patio. He loved Alabama football and woodworking projects. He enjoyed many family times with his stepchildren, Lynn Parsons (Roger), Greg Bishop (Donna) and Matthew Bishop (Gaines) and five granddaughters Mandy Parsons, Madeleine Bishop, Olivia Bishop, Chloe Bishop and Kate Bishop who brought many hours of fun and joy to "Grandpa Doc". His faithful companion was Mollie (his dog). She spent many happy hours in his lap watching television.

Don believed in our Lord Jesus Christ and loved attending worship at Briarwood Presbyterian Church where he was a member.

Due to COVID a celebration of Don's life will be later with family and close friends,

Memorials can be made to : Briarwoods Mercy Ministry, hooverhelp.org or The Salvation Army Woman's Auxiliary

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