February 5, 1940 ~ June 19, 2020
Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Los Angeles, CA
Don passed away peacefully on June 19, 2020 at Cedar Sinai-Marina Del Rey Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Carol Maude (Stamper) Liess for 60 years, and beloved father of Teresa Carol (Liess) Webster, Carlene Rose (Liess) Kerker, Leslie Arthur Liess, and Darren Joseph Liess.
Don was born in New York, and the son of Leslie and Virginia Liess. His dad was an engineer for the State Division of Highways, and his mother a draftsperson. Don was the second oldest of three surviving siblings: Alice (Liess) Chapin, Robert Liess and Johanna Liess. He graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School, lettered in every sport, earned an athletic scholarship to Fresno State University, was a General B-1 Contractor, and owner of Donald A. Liess Construction Co. for 40 years. Thereafter, he worked as a Construction – R&M Manager for Homes for Life Foundation for 20 years. He was an avid collector of marbles and other treasures.
He, Carol and their children were baptized as members of Church of The Brethren. Don, later served as a Deacon, and Carol a Deaconess. He was a well-respected builder and employee, was greatly loved by his 4 children, 4 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. He was a kind, warm, gentle soul who was greatly loved by all who came to know him and will never be forgotten.
Viewings were held at Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions – Rice Center in Torrance on June 29 and June 30, 2020. A graveside service was held at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes on July 11, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Homes for Life Foundation at 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 460, Los Angeles, CA 90045; 310.337.7417.