A great light went out in the world on March 18, 2014. Donald Robert Schaller, a great man, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, mentor, barbershopper, fisherman, naturalist, Army Veteran, bonsai enthusiast and Rotarian, passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
Known by many and loved by many more, his passing is marked simultaneously by feelings of profound emptiness for his absence and brightness from having known his strength and love.
Born on January 3, 1934 in San Francisco, Don lived a very full life. As a child, Don’s early and happy memories included growing up on his grandmother’s farm in Terra Bella, CA. He attended grammar school at the San Rafael Military Academy where he excelled in basketball. He attended high school at Lowell High School in San Francisco where he traded in his basketball for football.
To many, Don was known as a jack-of-all-trades including his many successful business ventures: The Quiet Stopper (brake and front end alignment in SF) and the Green Thumb (landscaping/design in Healdsburg, CA). Don moved his family to Truckee in 1987 where he started his last adventure as a real estate professional, ending his career as a partner with Dickson Realty.
Don engaged and enchanted all those around him. His list of accolades in his community could go on forever; the Citizen of the Year for the Town of Truckee, Realtor of the Year for the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors and honored by Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow (multiple times over).
Don is survived by his wife Lil of 42 years, 5 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. We love you Don, Donnie, Bedstefar; you will forever be in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday April 19th at the North Tahoe Conference Center at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation.