In memory of
Donald Lee Kirkpatrick passed away peacefully at 87 on Nov. 19, 2018, in his home in Mendocino, California. Don was raised in Healdsburg, California, where he met and wed his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Morehouse, to whom he was married for more than 60 years. After receiving his degrees from U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco State and University of Michigan, he pursued his life-long passion as an educator, serving as principal of schools in Corcoran and Davis, and as District Superintendent in Mendocino. During his 14-year tenure, he was responsible for many projects including the building of the Mendocino Middle School and the founding of the Community School which won state honors as one of the major innovative programs in the state. After retiring, both Don and his wife, Shirley, moved to Saudi Arabia where they lived and worked during the Gulf War. They co-authored "Saudi Sojourn," chronicling their experiences there. He is survived by his three children, Lynne Kirkpatrick Morehouse, Teya Lee, Bonnie Kirkpatrick; his sister, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios; grandchildren, Laura Silva Kirkpatrick, Daniel Silva Kirkpatrick, Anna Brinckmann, Kaleeya Lee; and great-grandchild, Emma Robleño Silva. A memorial service will be held at the Mendocino Presbyterian Church in Mendocino at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Donations in his name can be made to the Lift Every Voice Fund at the Mendocino Presbyterian Church.
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