Donald “Don” Anderson of Hollister died of cancer Sunday, May 29, 2005 in San Jose, one week after his 73rd birthday.
Mr. Anderson was born in Missoula, Mont., and served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean Conflict. He became an engineer after graduating from Gonzaga University. He and his wife, the former Maureen Kearns, celebrated their 48th anniversary Feb. 23, 2005.
Toward the end of a 25-year career as an engineer in the Silicon Valley, Mr. Anderson was promoted to a position of supervising former colleagues. Dissatisfied with being away from the drawing board, he asked his wife what she would like to do if he left engineering. She immediately answered, “start a florist shop.” After putting his affairs in order, the couple began their new career.
His deliveries frequently took him to Hollister where he met Tom Ament and Marchel Nelson of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. They became friends and when a local florist shop became vacant, they informed him. Arrangements were made and the Andersons began operation of San Benito Street Flowers in the mid-1990s.
They quickly became involved with their new community. he joined the Hollister Exchange Club and a few years later was elected president. He also was a member of the Elks Club and the Monterey Visiting Nurse Association.
Several years ago, he learned he had terminal cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy and other treatment, he commented on friends such as cancer sufferer Dee Hone, who counseled him, and others such as Leonard Poletti, who drove him to and from treatments, saying, “All my life, I’ve been fortunate in my friends.” He spoke to other cancer victims or communicated with them on the Internet to cheer them. Last year, he and his family marched in the annual Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.
Although the cancer seemed to go into remission, it returned earlier this year.
Surviving are his wife, Maureen; four daughters and a son, Karen Anderson, Michele Daish, Susan Dalton, Kristin Kelly and Don Anderson; and seven grandchildren, Sean Daish, Hilary Post, Dan Post, Robby Dalton, Sean Dalton, Laura Dalton and Jack Kelly. As per Don’s request, arrangements have been made for private cremation through Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral and Crematory.
In lieu of a formal funeral ceremony, the family has scheduled a memorial tribute for Don at the Anderson home, 1234 Aspen Drive, between 1 and 4pm Thursday, June 2, 2005.
The family requests that memorial tributes be made to the Relay for Life, American Cancer Society in care of the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral and Crematory, 870 San Benito St., Hollister 95023. (Relay For Life: 1-800-227-2345).