Donald E. Thran quietly passed away with the grace of God on February 26, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Born on August 30, 1929 in Oakland, California and raised in Central California. Don moved to South Lake Tahoe with his family in 1957 where he lived for 42 years.
An entrepreneur, he owned Don Thran Refrigeration with an integrity respected by so many long time locals who knew him. In his early years in Tahoe, armed with a CB radio, he served as a volunteer fireman and was a driver for the first ambulance service sponsored by Rotary. In 1982, he supported his wife, Lois Thran, in the opening of Thran’s Flower Shop.
Dedicated to community service, Don was a loyal member of South Lake Tahoe Rotary International where he earned a perfect attendance award of over 24 years, received the Paul Harris Fellow Award and was a founding member to the Tahoe Douglas Rotary International.
Through the tenacity of his faith, he was instrumental in the formation and building of the first Lutheran Church in South Tahoe. St. Andrews Lutheran Church located in the center of town is now the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center with the coming of the Hope Lutheran Church.
In 1998, Don Thran moved to Gardnerville, Nevada, where he lived his final 14 years. During his retirement he enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling the country in his motor home. He loved to stay busy by running his tractor, mending a fence, digging a ditch or making a repair on the family ranch he shared with his wife.
He touched the lives of his family, the members of Trinity Lutheran Church, his Breakfast Club and his overwhelming number of long time friends.
Don Thran is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois Thran; his three children, Donnis Thran, Rex Thran and Barbara Thran-Anderson; his son in law, Stephen Anderson; his five grandchildren, Chris Anderson, Katie Long, Daniel Mannon, Andy Thran and Maddy Thran; and his five great-grandchildren, Nathan Anderson, Ella Long, Cooper Long, Avery Long and Ethan Anderson.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave. Gardnerville, NV. Luncheon reception to follow.