Obituary - Donald E. Riewerts - Class of 1943

Donald E. Riewerts
Class of 1943


© Published on 12/8/2004

Donald E. Riewerts

Don Riewerts Don E. Riewerts passed away December 5, 2004, in Eureka.

Don was born April 2, 1925, in Oakland, California. After graduating from Oakland High School, he entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1943. He was in the V12 program and after 2 years went to Harvard for Supply School to become a Disbursing Officer. He entered the Navy during World War II and was an Ensign serving on the USS Marblehead and the USS Wisconsin.

After the war Don returned to the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the School of Business. He then went to work for Borman Steele Co. in Oakland. In 1949 he settled in Eureka with Jeanne Riewerts, who after 24 years of marriage and raising four children, died March 3, 1983. Don was employed by Lester Herrick and Herrick as a CPA. He fell in love with the North Coast and purchased an accounting firm and set up his own business. With Jack Carson and Jerry Thomas he opened a successful CPA practice, Riewerts, Carson and Hartley where he practiced for over 50 years, in Arcata. He later sold his business to Hartley May and Abrahamson. Don retired from his CPA practice in 1995 and spent his golden years with his wife Sylvia at their home in Hawkins Bar.

Don was a great patriarch of his family holding many get-togethers over the years for friends and family at his summer home in Hawkins Bar. With his long-time friends, Jack Walsh and Moose Mathews, Don developed Trinity Village at Hawkins Bar in which many Eureka/Arcata residents now have summer homes as well.

With Moose Mathews at his side, Don assisted his good friend, Red Emerson as the first Treasurer of Sierra Pacific Industries, taking the company public. Sierra Pacific has since become one of the largest timber companies in the world. Don was past president of the Eureka Rotary Club, a member of the Ingomar Club and Baywood Golf and Country Club.

Don had a wonderful life and lived it to the fullest. He and Sylvia traveled the world together. He was a bright man who loved people and enjoyed playing games and teaching little kids Dominoes and Cribbage.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sylvia Riewerts of Eureka; brother, Jim Riewerts and wife Katharine of Orinda; children: David Riewerts of Oregon House, Jon Riewerts and wife Leslie of Yreka, Dr. Robert Riewerts and wife Susan of Pasadena and Mary Stone and husband Jon of Eureka; two step-sons, Jack Ludwick of Eureka and James Wright of Eureka; eleven grandchildren: Ryan Riewerts, Regan Riewerts, August Nunes, Rocky Riewerts, Rita Riewerts, Zachary Stone, Lauren Stone, Olivia Stone, Nicholas Regas-Riewerts, Jennifer Regas-Riewerts and Alexandra Regas-Riewerts.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean; his father, Larry; and mother, Florence.

We want to thank Dr. Matthew Miller for all the ups and downs of the last few years. We also want to thank St. Josephs Hospital emergency room for the many in and out visits. We appreciate all the friends and relative who stopped by.

There will be no public service, however a celebration of Don's life will be held Friday December 10, 2004, at 3:00 PM at Baywood Country Club to which all of Don's friends are welcome to attend.

Arrangements were under the care of Pierce Mortuary Chapel, Eureka.

In lieu of flowers please help someone in need or donate to the American Diabetes Association.