Donald Leroy Kurpuis, a 48 year resident of Manhattan Beach, CA passed away on Monday, January 24, 2011. Born in Jamestown, North Dakota on July 29, 1930, Don was 80 years old when he died. He was raised in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota and Carlson School of Business. He moved to California in 1962 to work for Lockheed Martin and later for Garrett Corporation as a price analyst. He moved to Manhattan Beach in 1964, where he lived on Alma Ave. for 48 years. Don passed very quickly while walking the dog, Chang. Don is survived by his good friend Don King of Manhattan Beach and a sister, Leona Stark of MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Teofil and Mary, two brothers, Len and Ernie, and a sister, Mary.

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  1. To my Great Uncle Don, thank you for making the effort to connect with me here in Palm Springs. It was always a pleasure to spend time with the Dons and hear stories of your world travels. My deepest condolences to Don King. May you rest in peace.

  2. Goodbye Don Kurpuis, it was a great pleasure getting to know you over the past 10 years. You will be truly missed. Many thoughts and prayers to Don King for his loss. Rest in Peace.

  3. For the life you lived, the man you were and the adventures you had, good job, hope Len was at the gates to meet you, you will be missed! So sorry Don King for your loss you will be watched over. Love, Sandra!!

  4. Uncle Don was my Dad’s younger brother. They were good friends as well as brothers. Uncle Don was deeply interested in family, keeping up with the family members and news. He researched and assembled a comprehensive family geneology with photos and trees, preserving information some of us would never have otherwise. He loved practical jokes, dogs, vintage cars, and cold beer. I remember one time we visited him in Manhattan Beach; he took all the kids for a ride in his Cadillac, with the top down. Thanks, Uncle Don, now rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to his sister, Aunt Leona, and to his good friend, Don King.

  5. I will miss the numerous phone visits Uncle Don & I had, catching up on “family news” and sharing our latest “dog stories”. Memories of the visits Don made here and the times friend’s & I spent visiting there. Going out to dinners with Don & Don King, looking at picture’s and hearing about their travels. I am grateful for the stories you shared with me about your parents and siblings lives. Hope Heaven has dogs and beer…man’s two best friend’s! MariLou

  6. Uncle Don was aways positive and enjoyed life to the fullest. Over the past years he had many aches and pains but never complained. I can’t think of a better way to pass then walking his dog. My thoughts and prayers go out to Don King and Aunt Leona.

  7. Uncle Don, We have many fond memories of you over the years. You and Don King were fantastic hosts and travel guides on our visits to California. Learning about your many world travels was always entertaining. We would look forward to your frequent visits to Minnesota and enjoy hearing stories from you and Leona about your younger years. Even in pain, you made a tremendous effort to always visit family. You will be missed. Special prayers to Don King and Mom.

  8. My first-ever convertible ride came in Uncle Don’s bright red Impala sometime in the early 60s before he moved from Minnesota to California. If I’m remembering it correctly, he was giving Gwen, Greg, & I a ride to the taping of Clancy & Friends, a local kid’s TV show. I discovered that day why he was about to move to California…March in Minnesota was kinda miserable with the top down! Uncle Don was my godfather, and he always remembered my birthday when I was young. I didn’t see him as much as I wish I could have in recent years. I’ll miss his laughter and his ever-present smile. Our thought and prayers are with Don King and with Mom. Keep the beer cold for us, Don!

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