Donald Wright Obituary

Donald  Wright
Donald Wright

September 20, 1948 - August 2, 2022
Born in 09/20/1948
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Donald J. Wright, 73, of Des Moines, passed away August 2nd, 2022, at home in the presence of family, after a year long battle with cancer. No one fought harder or more courageously.

Shorty, as he was known to his family and friends, graduated in 1966 from D.M. Technical High School where he excelled as an athlete in three sports. He went on to play baseball at the University of Iowa for one year. In February of 1968 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a mortar man in Vietnam.

Always a leader and never a follower, he was loved and admired by his family, friends, and co-workers for his intelligence, his generosity, and especially for his sense of humor. Through the years, Don enjoyed bowling, playing softball, and golfing with his family and friends. He loved attending family reunions with extended family at Estes Park, Colo and Lake Okoboji, Iowa, visits from his children and grandchildren, talking about cars with his grandson Chase, and watching baseball games with his biggest fan, his wife of over fifty years.

Don is survived by his wife Nancy (Moede) Wright, his children Chad (Valerie), Shannon (Jeff), and Zachary (Holly), his grandchildren, Tyler, Devin, Chase, Gabbi, Nash, Nick, and Waylon, and eight great grandchildren. Shorty is also survived by his brothers Wayne (Barb), Tom (Pam), and Mark (Tyra) Wright. He was proceeded in death by his parents Don and Eunice Wright.

There will be a private graveside burial. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Adelphi Calvary Baptist Church 7925 SE Vandalia Dr, Runnells, IA 50237 in loving memory of Donald (Shorty) Wright.




Funeral Home
Iles Dunn's Chapel
2121 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA US 50312