The Obit For Don Fraser

Donald Burke Fraser
(1931 - 2013)

Published in Ventura County Star from February 27 to March 2, 2013

Donald Burke Fraser, lifelong resident of Ventura, passed away peacefully Monday, February 18, 2013. He was born in Ventura on July 24, 1931, to Donald Allen and Caroline Jeannette Fraser. Don attended Ventura High School and Ventura College excelling in his favorite sport, baseball. Don was drafted by the Chicago White Sox into their farm team before returning to Ventura and beginning his over thirty year career with Shell Oil.

His favorite pastime as a young boy was to fish off the Ventura Pier and fly fish for steelhead trout in the Ventura River with his boyhood friends. Don's love of fishing led to a lifelong hobby of fly tying for himself and friends while traveling to his favorite fishing spots along the Klamath River in Northern California.

Don was a man who had a clear vision of his early retirement, prompting him to buy acreage and build a home overlooking Lake Casitas where he spent many mornings with his father and afternoons fishing and meeting with lifelong friends at the boat rental, which included his wife, Gwen, and best friend, Marvin Werber. He met a major goal in his life, when he reached the point at which he had been happily retired longer than he had worked.

Don continued in the tradition of his ancestors farming the property surrounding his home with avocados and oranges. His greatest joy of farming was his garden, which produced a bounty of produce shared with family and friends.

Annual vacations always included hunting deer at the family cabin at Potrero Seco near Pine Mountain summit. The cabin gave his family and friends years of entertainment, including horseback riding, hiking, and meals around the campfire.

Don possessed a quick wit and tremendous sense of humor. Don Fraser had a wonderful life and did exactly what he planned to do.

He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Gwen Fraser; children, Martine, Martel, and Stephen; grandson, Jarrad Fraser; and great-granddaughters, Oceanna, and Raina. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The family will attend a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ventura County Museum, l00 E. Main Street, Ventura, Calif. 93001.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.