Donald Clarke Knudson (Don), 1925-2021

Donald Clarke Knudson (Don) passed away on Sept. 8, 2021 in Visalia, Calif. He was 96 years old. Don was born on Jan. 19, 1925 in Newman Grove, Neb., to Agda (Nelson) and Henry Knudson.

Donald Clarke Knudson
1925-2021

Don was a WWII Veteran, joining the Army at 18 in March of 1943 and became a flight mechanic and gunner. He flew 13 missions out of Lyon, France with the 34th Bombardment Squadron before the war ended.

He married Nancy Jane Corwin Dec. 26, 1952 and was married for 56 years until she passed on Dec. 2, 2009.

After Graduating from the University of Nebraska, Don moved to Exeter, Calif., in 1953 to teach at EUHS for 29 years. He taught 22 years of auto and metal shop and served seven years as the Work Experience Coordinator. Don retired in 1982 and farmed his land outside Exeter, growing delicious grapefruit and avocados. He was a member of the Exeter Kiwanis club, and also active in the Presbyterian Church of Exeter.

On May 3, 2015, Don married Jane Hornung.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his five siblings; and Nancy Knudson his wife of 56 years. He leaves two children, Craig Knudson (Lynn) and Karen Knudson (Teresa Tachovsky); and his wife of six years, Jane Hornung.

Donations may be made to FoodLink Tulare County P.O. Box 391, Exeter, Calif.

A Memorial Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Hamilton Cemetery, Ave. 310, Exeter, Calif.

Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Condolences: smithfamilychapel.com.

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