Donald Carman Heath – Obituaries in Larkin Mortuary


Don, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully of old age in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Don was born in Salt Lake City on May 10, 1932, the son of Dale Gaylord and LaVerne Carman Heath. Don grew up on the west side of Salt Lake with his grandparents, mother and brother John, and later graduated from West High School in 1949.

Don served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War and served in the Army Signal Corps (USASC), where he was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1952. He then studied at the University of Utah.

Before getting married, Don worked at Western Electric and then met his lifelong love and companion Frances Joan Bacca. They married on March 29, 1957 and were blessed with four children.

From an early age, Don worked to earn extra money, shining shoes and delivering paper. After the Army, he worked at Western Electric and then at Graybar as a traveling sales representative covering northern Utah and Idaho. After having two daughters and being tired of traveling away from his family, he wanted to find a more suitable job. He began his career as an insurance agent with Allstate in 1962. Don found his calling in insurance and worked in the industry for over 47 years. Fran always noted that Don “ate, drank and slept with confidence.” He loved helping his clients and many considered Don more than an agent – ​​also a dear friend and confidante.

Don and Fran first settled in Salt Lake City and later moved to Bountiful, Utah, where they raised their family for over thirty years. During their time in Bountiful, Don attended St. Olaf’s parish, enjoyed singing in the Parrish choir, and served as chairman of the parish council from 1992 to 1996. While serving in this capacity, he and Fran organized fundraisers and events, including the famous “Entertainment Night.” They later moved to Draper and enjoyed being involved with St. John’s Parrish. After Fran’s passing in April 2004, Don served as president of the Golden Eagles, where he planned many fun social events for Parrish members over the age of 55.

Don and Fran enjoyed entertaining and celebrating Christmas. Don always enjoyed having his house decorated with multiple trees, Section 56 Christmas villages and LGB trains. He started planning and decorating in October so the house would be ready for Thanksgiving. Don had a talent for making and crafting decorations, which he enjoyed as a family.

Don was a devoted husband and father. He was always involved in raising the family, tending the garden, running errands, attending PTA meetings, parent teacher conferences, swim meets, fundraising, dance/music recitals and school events. He also coached Little League football for several years in the early 1970s. We are grateful for His love and care for all of us. We couldn’t have had a better father.

Don was fortunate to meet Louise Radke, a neighbor, and they enjoyed a special friendship. We are grateful for her support of Don and our entire family.

Although we will miss Dad, we know he and Mom are reunited! In time we will see them both!

Don is survived by his four children, Christy Heath (Rick Pollock), South Jordan; Cate (Dave) Boulden, Herriman; Don F. Heath, Sandy; Aundrea (Jason) Rammelsberg, West Jordan. Also surviving are brothers, John (Marti) Heath, Mesa, AZ, Stan (Marilyn) Heath, Portland, OR, sister, Trish (Steve) Bersch Reno, NV, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his wife Fran, parents and brother, Dale Heath.

Our family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Canyon Home Care & Hospice, the staff of Spring Gardens and Carmen for their dedicated care of Don in his final weeks and days.

We will celebrate Don’s life with a wake on Friday, June 7, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM and the viewing will follow from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary (1950 E. 10600 S., Sandy, UT ). A family viewing will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary.

Entombment in Larkin Sunset Gardens.