Donald “Don” Oren Bush, 67, passed away on June 12, 2018 in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Known by his family and friends as a loving and devoted husband, a compassionate friend and an optimist at heart, Don saw the good in all people. A native Floridian, Don was born in Panama City and spent his childhood in Byrneville.
Don earned his Associate of Arts degree from Pensacola State, his Bachelors of Science from California State University and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
While living in California, he met and fell deeply in love with his future life partner, Pat. After being married in Hawaii, Don and Pat spent 33 beautiful years together. Their many adventures together included international and national travel and many car camping excursions. He served as the President of the Pensacola Heritage Foundation in 2012 and was a longtime member of the Great Coast Arts Festival. Don and Pat share a love of art and enjoyed collecting 2 and 3-dimensional art pieces.
Don worked as a CPA and then embarked on a career at IBM. He enjoyed golfing, was an apiarist and had a talent with cultivating flowers and plants. Don turned the 200-acre family farm into a hunting camp which was enjoyed by many.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Nathelle and Enos Bush. He leaves behind to cherish his loving memory his wife, Pat, his loyal Labrador retrievers, Lily and Case and countless friends.
A Celebration of Don’s life will be held on June 29, 2018 at Rose Lawn Funeral Home, 2942 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM with a service to follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at a later late. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival, Inc., 3519 Bayswater Drive, Pensacola, FL 32514.
“Stars are openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones shine down to let us know they are happy and at peace.”
Our sincere condolences to you, Pat. Don will be missed by many. Best wishes for you. Love!
Bill JoyceChiang Khong,
Don was a very important part of my childhood and young adulthood. I fondly remember his kindness and sense of humor, and how I always felt like I was part of the family. He will be deeply missed.
Jessica DurandQueens, NY
Pat, we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.
Bob & Susan DubayPace, FL
Dearest Pat, So sorry to learn of Don's passing. Kal and I enjoyed having you as neighbors on Holliday Dr. Don was a such a pleasant and interesting man and we always enjoyed visiting with him when he came by to work on the rental. Prayers for peace and healing for your family at this time.
Mary LuotoGulf Breeze, FL
Sally and I extend our sympathies on your loss. Even though we have moved, you continue to be in our thoughts. Until we can see you in person at some future time, we wish you God's peace .
Morris and Sally MarxFernandina Beach, FL
Dear Pat, lets take comfort in that Don and Stephen, friends, working buddies, hunting buddies and our shining stars looking and protecting us from above.
Hildegard HiseSenoia, GA
My deepest sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in God's word the Bible at Revelation 21:3,4.
L Gray, FL
Worked with Don for several years on GGAF & PHF. We'll miss his wonderful wit, sense of humor and warm friendship.
Ron & Jan HallPensacola, FL