Donna Swenson Schultz, 74, passed away peacefully at her home in St. George, Utah, on April 15, 2023, after a two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donna. She was an extraordinary woman who touched the lives of many people with her warmth, grace and spirit of adventure. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and community member, and her loss is deeply felt by all who knew her.
Donna was born on October 5, 1948 in Murray, Utah, the daughter of Archibald and Norma Swenson, and raised in the small town of Moab, Utah. She was one of five children raised in an immensely loving home. She participated in multiple activities and social clubs at school. Many of the friendships she made as a child remained with her throughout her life.
Donna met and married the love of her life, David Schultz, in 1969, they were married for almost 54 years and remained deeply in love until she left us. They settled in Sandy, Utah, and raised their three children, Melanie, Jeremy, and Amy. Her focus as parents was always to spend quality time with her children; They enjoyed sports, camping, and family vacations.
Donna lived a life full of joy and adventure. She loved nothing more than being surrounded by family and friends, and her home was always open to anyone who needed love and support. She could entertain or host a family dinner in the blink of an eye. She had the gift of making and maintaining great friendships, and her circle of loved ones extended far and wide.
Throughout her life, Donna had a passion for sports, including tennis, golf (including 2 separate holes in one!), hiking, biking, and pickleball. Although she was competitive, she was a model of sportsmanship, Donna loved sports for the sense of community and being able to do activities that she could share with those she loved most.
In addition to her athletic achievements and adventurous spirit, Donna had a successful career in accounting and finance. She was also committed to giving back to her community. For many years she worked at the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City, as a member of the board of directors and then as president. She also served in many roles at her church, Cottonwood Presbyterian, including as an elder and deacon serving the congregation. She also sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. But her true passion was always her family and her friends, and she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to raising her three children and creating a warm and welcoming home for all who entered.
No gathering was complete without her infectious laugh, warm smile, and trademark wit. She had the gift of bringing people together and making everyone feel like they belonged.
As Donna fought bravely to stay with us, her family and friends stood by her, offering love and support until the end. Her memory will always be with us and her legacy of love, kindness and adventure will endure through the countless lives she touched.
We take comfort in knowing that this extraordinary woman lived her life to the fullest every day, and her spirit will continue to inspire us all.
Donna is survived by her loving and wonderful husband and best friend, David, as well as her children, whom she loved, cherished, and of whom she was very proud. Daughter Melanie LaPointe (Glenn), son Jeremy Schultz (Kris), daughter Amy Ferre (David). Her granddaughters Caitlin Herzog (Brad), Kira Christiansen (Chris), Sara Ferre, Makayla Rooker, Amanda Ferre. Adopted granddaughters Elowyn and Adrienne LaPointe. Her grandchildren Zackary Rooker and Jacob Ferre (Bailey). Her great-grandchildren, Ava, Alex, Henry, Weston, Jaxon and Cashton. Surviving siblings Linda Rowley (Randy), Bonnie Bohannon (Richard), Bruce Swenson (Terri), her sister-in-law Kathy Swenson, along with many nieces, nephews and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Archie and Norma Swenson, her beloved brother Lloyd Swenson, her in-laws Larry and Marletta Schultz and her nephew Preston Rowley.
A memorial fund has been established in Donna’s name. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Cottonwood Presbyterian Church.
Please join our family for a memorial service at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church at 1580 E. Vine Street, Murray, UT 84121 on Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow from 2:00 to 3:00.