Donald Glen Millett left this earthly life and returned home to his Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the age of 88. Don was born on June 11, 1929 in Mesa, Arizona to W. Howard Millett and Lillian Freestone Millett. Don had 5 siblings: Howard, Lyal, Teddy, Ethel Mae (all deceased) and Richard.
He had a wonderful childhood that consisted of playing with cousins, raising animals and working on their family farm, milking cows and hauling hay. He attended Mesa High School where he participated in choir, football, basketball and track. In 1947, he was the State Champion running the 200-yard low hurdles. After high school, Don served an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern States Mission. In 1952, after serving his mission, he was sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple to Donna Joan Steffey. He always referred to Donna as “The Girl of his Dreams” because of a dream he had had. They had 5 children together: Daniel Millett (Colleen), Stephanie Reber (Keith), Donald Dean Millett (deceased), Cathleen Freeman (Craig), Mark Millett (Tami).
While raising their family, Don started out farming and then went into the Tractor business. While he was a Case tractor dealer, he grew to be the largest dealer in the Southwest. He eventually worked his way into selling Real Estate and getting his Brokers License. He made a career out of buying and developing land all around Arizona. His office, Don Millett and Associates, was located on the corner of Mesa Drive and 1st Avenue in Mesa for 45 years. He was the founder of the Mesa Sports Hall of Fame. In 1996 and 1997 Don & Donna served an LDS mission in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission. He enthusiastically shared the Gospel with anyone he came in contact with and was a tremendous missionary throughout his life.
In his free time, Don loved to spend time up at his cabin in Christopher Creek, Arizona with Donna and his family. He was a devoted father and “Papa” and will always be remembered for his love of storytelling, tender heart and enthusiastic personality. He loved family history and genealogy and especially sharing family stories about his ancestors. In his lifetime he enjoyed activity in, and was a faithful member of, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He spent time serving as a member of the Bishopric, High Priest Group Leader, Stake Missionary (on 5 missions), but his favorite calling was serving as Scout Master for 5 years. He freely bore testimony of the mission of his Savior Jesus Christ, and His gospel. Don and Donna served in the Mesa Arizona Temple for 15 years. He was dearly loved by his family, friends and sweet wife Donna and will be sorely missed. He leaves behind a large posterity of 23 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren.
Visitations will be held at Mesa Central Stake Center located at 925 N. Harris, Mesa, AZ 85203, on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturday morning from 9 am to 9:45 am. The funeral service will be at the Mesa Central Stake building also located at 925 N. Harris, Mesa, Az 85203 on Saturday, March 17th, at 10:00 am. Burial services will be held at the City of Mesa Cemetery following the funeral service located at 1212 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201. All who knew Don are invited to enjoy his remembrance and celebrate his life at these services.