Donald West

Donald Marcus West

Thursday, January 22nd, 1976 - Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
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On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, family, friends and the mountain bike community felt a tremendous loss with the passing of Don West.

Donald Marcus West was born January 22, 1976 to Mary Louise Nicholson and Danny Hugh West in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Don was the proud owner of Wasatch Trails Company and was passionate about designing and building the trails we all love to ride. If you ever rode a Don West trail, chances are you had a smile on your face.

He was a true outdoorsman who was happiest surrounded by nature. Mountain biking, road biking, climbing, backcountry skiing, fishing, kayaking and camping with family and friends was how Don preferred to spend his time. He was adventurous and found pleasure in exploring, camping and biking with his wife in the desert and mountains of Utah.

He was extremely intelligent, kind hearted, free spirited and loved to tease. Above all else, Don was genuine.

Don moved from Arkansas to Utah in 2011 where he met his wife Jenny Mitton West, married September 14, 2013 in Big Cottonwood Canyon. He is survived by his wife, Jenny, her two children Canyon and Sage and his daughter Megan. He is also survived by his mother Mary (Bob), father Danny (Carolyn), brother Adam, and sister Jacque and many other family members and close friends. Don was preceded in death by his sister, Regina Diane Nicholson.

A celebration of life open house will be held Sunday, September 29, 2019 from Noon-3pm. Bring your best Don West story.

2229 E Powderkeg Dr. Sandy, UT

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” Edward Abbey
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  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 12:00pm
    2229 E Powderkeg Dr. Sandy, UT
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Tom Telford

Posted at 06:09pm
I was a stranger to Don and met him riding the new trail, “East Fork” by Snowbasin ski resort. I Coach the Morgan High School mountain bike team and was on a training ride with some of my team racers. We stopped and spoke to Don and thanked him for the amazing trail. If your a mountain bike addict like I am and grew up on that mountain, new and improved trails have been the greatest joy to me. I could’ve climbed in that tractor and hugged him. In speaking with him for only 10 minutes I could tell quickly that he cares about his work, the trail, but as important, that people loved his route creation. He was passionate about his form of art. Even as we left, the kids I was riding with both said “that guy is Rad!”. I agreed!
When I got home that night I told my wife that if I was ever going to go back to work it would be to build trails like Don West. I told her that creating fun memories for people and their lives had to be incredibly fulfilling.

I also asked my entire team and their parents to email “Don West” and thank him for our new trails that day. It was one of those parents who learned of his passing in Cycling Utah.

To his family and friends thank you for sharing Don. My Heart goes out to you all!

Jake Steffes and Wheeler Machinery

Posted at 12:52pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Patrick Haines

Posted at 06:05am
My condolences to Don’s family and friends. Don was an inspiration to me and others in Arkansas to get outside, get fit, and go explore. He was so kind and gentle always, making things better for those around him. Will be missed dearly. His legacy will continue. Love to you all.

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Posted at 12:08pm
Heartfelt love and prayers from friends and neighbors! Tim & Julie McKeon, JayL & Martha Beck, Polly & Andy Spencer, Dona & Dave Barlow and Marlene
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Curtis Carmack

Posted at 06:21pm
Don blessed the lives of all of us who use the wonderful Sensei Trail he built last year above Traverse Mountain in Lehi. It was always a great pleasure chatting with him while at work on the trail, and he brought a terrific work ethic and a reverence for the land to what he did. We will always remember him with fondness here in Traverse Mountain.

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