Don Clunas was born on January 24, 1937 to Alex and Florence Clunas on their farm located near Binscarth, Manitoba. Don was one of five children, with three sisters and one younger brother. Don attended the Crescent Ridge School located near Binscarth.
At a very young age Don learned how to hunt and trap animals, where he made extra cash selling the furs. In his early teens he worked at a farm in the Millwood area tending to the livestock. In addition to farming, he also worked on both logging and construction camps. He was very proud of the role he played running the bulldozer and scraper building roads throughout Manitoba, including the one leading into Thompson.
In Don’s twenties he attended a dance where he was introduced to Hazel Haney. Don and Hazel fell in love soon after and married on February 22, 1963. Later that year they purchased a farm together in the Wolverine District. Don and Hazel had three sons and one daughter together. Throughout the years they farmed grain, cattle, and sheep. Don continued to farm and attend to his livestock up until his passing.
Don was a very busy, hard working man throughout his entire life. He owned a bulldozer and had a business of clearing bushes. Owning and operating school buses for over 40 years was something he took pride in. In addition to owning school buses, Don and Hazel also owned a service station in Shellmouth named “Don’s Service”. The station was consistently booming with customers as it offered gas pumps, a convenience store, and Don’s mechanic work to the public.
In addition to his work, Don had many hobbies that he enjoyed sharing with his friends and family. He loved attending rodeos and always prebooked campsites to make sure he and his family would never miss out. Don was fond of going to parades, where the sound of the bagpipes playing would bring him back to his Scottish roots. Fishing was one of his all-time beloved past-times. He was always happy being on the water with his brother Ken. Having a friendly, competitive card game was something Don would always make time for. At every horse race you could guarantee he was bringing a pocket full of change with him, eager to bet on the fastest horse. Don was very quick-witted and you always had to be on your toes with his humorous jokes.
Don’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were his pride and joy. He never missed an opportunity to be at one of their events, cheering them on.
Don had a very dear friend, Pat, who he enjoyed spending his time with. Don and Pat enjoyed meeting for dinner, going to family gatherings, and camping at rodeos together.
Don was predeceased by his wife, Hazel, his parents, Alex and Florence, and his sisters, Beatrice, Evelyn, and Dorothy. Surviving Don is his brother, Kenny (Candy), his children Garry (Bernice), Brian (Bobbie-Jo), Linda (Darryl), and Gordon (Erin). Don also leaves his grandchildren Cora (Taylor), Charnelle (Tristan), Corbin, Dawson, Kolby, Alandra, Madison, Rheagan, Alyssa, and great grandchildren Haleigha, Harper, Asher, Jett, and Axel.
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