Donald “Don" Schumann 65 of Coeur D Alene, ID passed away on March
14, 2018. He lost is battle with MDS Myelodysplastic Syndrome. He
had a bone marrow transplant on September 22, 2017 in Seattle and
battled graft versus host disease a post transplant complication. Don
was born March 9, 1953 to Henry and Verna Schumann in Denver
Don grew up in Henderson Colorado with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He
graduated from Brighton High school in Brighton, Colorado in 1971. He
was a member of the men's basketball team and had fond memories of
those days. He was also active in the Adams County 4H club with his
dad Henry. He raised rabbits and at one time had 500. He was also a
member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association and was
register for a time.
He met his wife Claudia Cato through rabbits, She purchased a rabbit
from him for a 4H project. They were married on October 10, 1980 in
Littleton, Colorado. They were blessed with two children, son, Kyle
Schumann in August of 1986 and Kayla Schumann Derr in August 1988.
And in April of 2013 were blessed with their Granddaughter Molly Derr.
Don and Claudia lived several places during their 37 year marriage,
including Colorado, California, Montana and Idaho.
Don's career was always in the fencing industry. He started his career
shortly after high school with Standard Fence in Colorado until 1986. He
worked for a short time with his brother Ron and then moved to
California in 1989 and worked for Master Halco for approximately 13
years. He then worked for Mike Wenisch at Golden State Fence in
Rancho Cordova, California. He worked for Mike until 2007. In 2007 he
began working for Idaho fence, in 2014 he accepted a position with
them at their Bakken Fence location located in Sidney Montana as
manager, he continued in that role until returning to Idaho in 2017 and
returned to Idaho fence as an outside sales representative.
Don had several interests and hobbies. He was an avid vegetable
gardener. He enjoyed every aspect of gardening. From purchasing his
seeds to starting them in his grow house. And then to transplanting
them and nurturing them through those first cool spring days and
nights. He loved the harvest of his bounty and to share with friends
and neighbors. One year we canned 52 pints of green beans from his
garden. When he lived in California he enjoyed visiting the orchards and
picking fruit as a family. In 2016 we picked Flat Head Lake cherries in
Big Fork Montana with Kayla, Aaron, Molly and Bob and Kathy Cato. We
picked 53 pounds of cherries that day. Don loved cherries. And the time
Kayla spent with her dad in the orchards are some of her fondest
memories. We often joked that he should have been weighed before
picking and then again once he was finished to pay for all the fruit he
Don was passionate about his yard, he had to have the greenest lawn
on the block and it had to be mowed just a certain way and there was
no one else that could mow it or trim it the way he did. You would
never find a weed in his yard. And if he found a dandelion blooming he
stopped everything to remove it.
Several years ago Don was the male winner of the biggest loser contest
at our local gym Peak Fitness in Coeur D Alene. He was the oldest
winner they had ever had. His award for winning was a bicycle. We
were blessed to live in a beautiful place that provided many days of
bike riding opportunities. His favorite place was the trail of the Coeur D
Alenes. The trail was a total of 73 miles stretching from Plummer
Idaho to Mullan Idaho. His goal that first year was to ride the trail from
start to finish and he accomplished that with Kyle in September of that
He also enjoyed upland bird hunting with Kyle and his dog Danner and
Kyle's dog Paxson P Puppy. They put in many miles walking fields both
in Idaho and Montana. When Don had the opportunity to move to
Montana for work one of the top reasons for accepting that position
was to be able to hunt birds with Kyle. Don also enjoyed fishing., he
fished as a young man with brother Ron in Colorado. And then fished
with Kyle in California. He also got to deep sea fish with Kyle in Oregon
Don was a Denver Bronco's fan to the end. He shared watching the
game with Kyle and Kayla, not always were they together to watch the
game but talked or texted during the game. Don actually rarely
watched a complete game due to-superstition of how the game was
going. If it was a close game and the Bronco's started losing one or
both the kids would call or text to see if he was watching and tell him to
stop watching in hopes of them turning things around.
We have many memories of our adventures as a family and the great
friends who shared in so many of them as well.
Don attended Lake City Church in Coeur D Alene Idaho with Claudia. He
was involved with several small groups at church and served in several
ministries. He enjoyed serving ice cream on Friday nights once a
month, he was a greeter and participate in several other Serve
opportunities. One of his most memorable was filling Easter eggs for
the children's Easter egg hunt. I don't know how much candy he ate
that evening but he sure had a lot of fun and laughs. He also enjoyed
attending the Men's breakfasts that were served at the church he
enjoyed the fellowship shared at those events. He and Claudia were
also members of the TLC cancer group at Lake City. Even though he
didn't attend but a couple of meetings they were a great support
through prayers for both Don and Claudia through his Journey with
MDS that was treated like a cancer.
Don was survived by his Brothers, William and Ronald Schumann and
Sister Nina Mueller. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry
and Verna Schumann and Sister Linda Scott. He is also survived by many
Nieces and Nephews. As well as his Son in Law, Aaron Derr who he
The family would like to invite everyone to Don's Celebration of Life on
Monday March 26, at 6:30 pm, the Service will be held at Lake City
Church in Coeur D Alene, Idaho. The church address is 6000 N Ramsey
Road. A reception will follow the 'service at the church. The family
requests no flowers be sent.
Don will be missed by so many. Our hearts will always be empty in that
place he holds. Every moment we had with him is now a great memory
and we are so glad we have a bunch.
We little knew that morning
God was to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side .
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.