Our beloved Don Custer Lauder passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
He touched many lives with his gentle spirit, devotion to family and his propensity to guide and mentor students to achieve a positive outlook on life.
Don was born in Flint, Mich. on May 31, 1930.
He received his formal education from Wayne State University, earning a bachelor of arts degree in music education in 1952, a master’s degree in music education from the University of San Diego in 1974, and a doctorate in education administration from the University of South Carolina in 1976.
Don started his teaching (band director) career in small Michigan towns such as Shepherd, Grosse Pointe and Troy.
He later moved his family to Southern California to become a middle school and high school band director and English teacher in the Vista school district.
In 1973, Don decided to end his teaching career and to venture out into the world of education administration. After accepting the position of South Carolina Music Coordinator, Don convinced his family to move from California to South Carolina.
In 1976, Don accepted the High School principal position in Mullins, S.C.
He devoted four years of his life to improve students’ morale, discipline and curricular achievement.
In 1980 after Don acquired the music coordinator position for the San Juan Capistrano district, he moved the family back to Southern California.
Don’s final career move took him to the Riverside School District Office as the director of curriculum.
After retiring in 1989 Don continued to work part-time as the Riverside School District music events coordinator.
His last two official part-time working positions were interim school administrators and as a member of numerous expulsion panels in the surrounding school districts.
Don’s loving wife Patricia passed away in May 2017.
Don is survived by his devoted children Pam, Beth and Doug.
Don’s second child Kathy Evans passed away in January of 2018.
His grandchildren include Jennifer Noble-Gilliam, Brian Noble, Jared Evans, Lucas and Fabian Lauder, and Kevin and Sean Gorman.
He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Salem and Liesel Evans; Dylan, Kyler and Julia Noble; and Shane and Logan Gilliam.
His generous loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.
Friends and family of the memorial festivities are invited to a memorial luncheon located behind the chapel room immediately after the event.
Our beloved Don Lauder will be laid to rest at a later date.
Funeral service will be held at Beaumont Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1 p.m.