Donald “Don” Leroy Jefferson died peacefully in Mesa, AZ on July 16, 2016 at the age of 82.
Don is survived by his wife, Helen Westmoreland Jefferson; his children, Robert Jefferson, Susan McClure, and Richard Jefferson. He has four grandchildren Nicholas, Andrew, Sean, and Sarah. He is preceded in death by his mother Catherine Knapp Jefferson, father Leroy Jefferson, his sister Elizabeth “Lizzy” Jefferson, and his brother Evans Jefferson.
Don was born on November 11, 1933 in Detroit, MI. He married his soul mate Helen Westmoreland on March 16, 1957.
After moving to Florida, Don began working for Pratt-Whitney and later with the Gemini and Apollo projects at NASA. He retired from IBM in 1992 after 25 years of service. Locally he worked as a consultant from IBM to ADOT on the design of I-10.
He was a dedicated member of Gold Canyon UMC.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 PM on July 19th in the educational building of the Gold Canyon UMC. A reception will follow the service. Please send donations to the Ironwoon Cancer Reseach Center.