Donald J. Moulton

Donald Moulton of Rock Creek passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the age of 74.

Donald Jay Moulton was born Feb. 2, 1945, to Jay and Harriet (McKay) Moulton in Rush City. He spent his childhood growing up on the family farm in Rock Creek with his sister Mary Lou and brother David. Don attended school in Rush City and graduated from Rush City High School. Following high school, Don attended Dunwoody College of Technology studying to become an electrician.

In 1966, Don married the love of his life, Brenda. They began their lives together in Blaine. While living in Blaine, Don worked as an electrician. It is also in Blaine where Don and Brenda started their family. Rick was born in 1970 followed by Heidi in 1971.

The family farm, however, never was far from Don’s mind and heart. The family moved to a farmstead in Rock Creek in 1971 that is located next to the Moulton family farm. For the next 15 years, Don, along with his father Jay and brother David, grew the family farm into one of the largest dairy operations in Pine County. In 1986, the family farm was sold.

Following his farming days, Don worked at a couple of jobs that he absolutely loved. He worked for several years at Rush City Oil before joining the office of East Central Sanitation. What made these jobs so special and enjoyable to Don was his fondness for all his co-workers.

More so than “farmer” or “electrician,” Don’s favorite occupational title was “school bus driver.” For over 25 years he drove a school bus for the Rush City Schools. He so appreciated the interactions that he had with his riders and would remain in touch with them throughout their academic careers. His biggest thrill were the Christmas presents that he would give each of his riders or the last day of school surprise treats that he would give to his kids.

Don was a major fan and supporter of athletics at Rush City. Not only did he play sports while attending school, he never missed one of Rick’s or Heidi’s athletic events or one of his three grandchildrens’ events, regardless of the location. He would often take three trips per week as a bus driver for the school’s various athletic teams. For many decades, he worked on the “chain gang” for the Rush City football games.

Don is survived by his wife of 52 years, Brenda; children Rick (Kristine) Moulton and Heidi (Todd) Miller; grandchildren Allyson and Jonah Moulton, and Travis Miller; and brother David (Hope) Moulton.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jay and Harriet Moulton; sister Mary Lou Cernohous.

Reverend Nathan Baker-Trinity officiated at a Celebration of Don’s life on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City.  The interment took place in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, North Branch.

Memorials in Don’s memory may be directed to the Rush City Athletic Department, Attn: Bob Schlagel, 585 West 2nd Street, Rush City, MN  55069.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service – Olson Chapel of Rush City.

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