1928 Donna Jean Reid Demman 2024

Donna Jean Reid Demman

August 16, 1928 — February 19, 2024


Devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all, Donna Jean Demman, passed peacefully from her life on this earth at the ripe old age of 95, on February 19th, 2024. Born as the 3rd of 5 sisters on August 16, 1928, to Raymond Alexander Reid and Jennie LaFon Krogh. Donna grew up in the Fairpark Area, near the State Fairgrounds at 543 North, at what was then 900 West (1000 West today). She was the “self-proclaimed” tomboy of the group and helped her father tend to the rabbits and other animals they raised. She developed a fascination for trains and often accompanied her father to the railyard, where he worked as an Engineer for the Union Pacific. She also enjoyed learning how to quilt and sew from her mother. She married Fred Demman Jr. in Evanston Wyoming on October 16th, 1948, together having two children. Her life’s mission was to support Fred in his many business and political endeavors and to love her family, which she did with loving kindness and much sacrifice. In addition to her family caregiving, she was a naturally talented artist, creative craft designer, flower arranger, and teacher, while working at Utah Craft & Novelty and the Knack Shack, for many years. In her later years, Donna also enjoyed her activities with the Daughters of The Utah Pioneers (DUP), reading, and stitchery. She was a kind soul and the type of person who made everyone around her feel welcomed, important, and cared for. She truly made the world a more beautiful place with her enduring and imaginative talent, kind heart, and non-judgmental nature. She leaves behind a legacy of beauty and the great example of how to treat others. She is survived by Daughter, Sharman DiVono, Son, Reid and his life partner, Dahnelle Burton-Lee, who Donna thought of as a daughter, grandchildren Erin (Kyle ) Evans, Mikela (Jonathan) Arnette, and Demitri Doyle, great grandchildren Killian, Emma Kate, Garrett, Merritt, and Josephine. Sisters, LaRae (John) Montague, Marilyn (Dave) Linford and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Husband Fred, Sisters, Ruth (Doug) Brown, Betty (Ray) Jones and numerous brother and sister in-laws.

Donna’s family extends special thanks to everyone at the Abbington Assisted Living in Murray and the staff at Renew Hospice, for their kindness and compassion in caring for her. At Donna’s request cremation has taken place and graveside services will be held at the Memorial Holladay Cemetery (behind the old Cottonwood Mall) later this Spring at a date TBA .

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