A Memorial Service will be held In Black Forest at 1:00pm Friday, December 6, 2019 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, 11020 Teachout Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80908.
Donald Gilbert Dinwoodie, age 83, passed away peacefully at home in Black Forest, Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 17, 2019. He was born on January 18, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts to Stuart Dazell Dinwoodie and Jeannette Gilbert Dinwoodie. Donald grew up in Boston, West Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as Haddonfield, New Jersey. He served in the US Army, stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany from 1959-1961.
He was married to Margo (Dargin) O’Malley from 1965-1991 and later met his great love, Elaine Gagne, in Loveland, Colorado. They were married on December 18, 1993.
Don loved learning. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College; Masters in Education from Springfield College; and Masters in Arts from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Not only did he have an extensive career as the Director of the YMCA (MA, MI, CO), a City Planner for Colorado Springs, a Leadership Development Consultant, Certified Coach, and a Real Estate broker in Colorado Springs. Don also was an active member of his Church, Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church and his Community. Donald Founded EDUCO Colorado (Wilderness Training and Leadership Development for youth); was on multiple Civic boards (Latest Award in 2017 AARP outstanding Community Service Award); and was part of the Parkinson’s Support Group. Don has been part of the same men’s group for over 40 years; they refer to him as “Mahatmadondi.” He also loved being outdoors gardening and cross-country skiing.
Don’s family and many friends enjoyed his loving heart, his insights and wisdom on life, and his willingness to always be helpful to those in need.
Donald is preceded in death by his Parents, Stuart and Jeannette Dinwoodie; his Mother in Law, Theresa Gagne; and Bill and Margaret Dargin (Parents of Margo); his Brother, David Dinwoodie; his Brother-in-law, Gene Smith; and his Sister-in-law, Judith Levreault.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Gagne of Black Forest; his Sons, David (Marta) of Barcelona, Spain, Stuart (Daisy) of Edinburgh, Scotland, and William (Margie) of Tauranga, New Zealand; Sisters-in-law, Christa Dinwoodie of Colorado, Barbara Smith of Massachusetts, and Mary Beth O’Meara Miller (Toby) of Massachusetts; Niece, Rebecca C. Dinwoodie of Eugene, Oregon; Daughter in Law, Anna Brown of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Grandchildren, Jacob Paterno of Bordeaux, France, Maria Paterno of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Arianna Dinwoodie of Barcelona, Spain, Natalia Dinwoodie of Breda, Holland, Labhan, Zain, and Cosmos Dinwoodie of Edinburg, Scotland, Hailey R and Atticus Dinwoodie Flynn of Eugene, Oregon, and Gatan Dinwoodie of Tauranga, New Zealand; and Goddaughters, Brea Abarca of Colorado and Olivia Nichols of Washington.
The Family would like to extend great thankfulness for Don’s caregivers, Dr. Adam Robinson of Matthews-VU Medical Group; Kaiser Palliative Team, Tanya, Carol, and Dr. Stickrath; Pikes Peak Hospice; Barb Watts and Karen Aldridge.
In Lieu of flowers, those who would like to honor Don’s legacy may go to https://4agc.com/donation_pages/0d102a99-98f5-484c-b2f4-5f8cf3645197 regarding the new Catholic student center being built near the UCCS campus.