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.

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  1. candle 4Sincere condolences from the Simon Family.
    My mother, Phyllis, recalls Don’s gentle, warm and welcoming charm from the Annual Christmas Board Meeting/Dinner Party years ago. She appreciates the deep commitment and contributions it takes to raise a beautiful family while helping a business strengthen and grow.
    I’ve appreciated Don not only at work for his reliability and wealth of knowledge, but also in seeing the solid love he expressed for his wife and children at all times. A lasting memory is the regular recurrence of Don and Darren, going around to the Board and Care Homes, dressed alike with white t-shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers, and looking to address any needed repairs and maintenance. Don made our world better by being a provider for all of us.

  2. candle 7It has been a privilege and a blessing to get to know and work with Mr. Don Liess during my many years at HFLF. My fondest memories were joking with Don and his son Darren during their many visits to Buchanan House and our HFLF celebrations. Don and Darren’s smile and laughter always brightened my day. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the Liess family and all Don’s friends. Don will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the Homes for Life Foundation. Don’s legacy is worthy of celebration. Don’s memory and life dedicated to helping some of the most vulnerable people among us is an inspiration to all. Don’s life will continue to be honored through all our efforts throughout the Homes for Life Foundation.

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