Donna Dee LARSON

July 19, 1940February 11, 2021

Donna Dee Clay Larson, 80, passed away on February 9 with her husband of 61 years, Allen Larson, by her side. A resident of Salinas, California, Donna was born in Los Angeles on July 19, 1940 to Horton and Mary Helen Clay, and later moved to Lakeside, California, where she met Allen shortly after graduating from Grossmont High School. They were married on June 13, 1959, and moved to Salinas with three young sons in 1964. With Donna working at his side, Allen opened a branch of a San Diego-based construction company in a small office in their backyard. Donna continued to work for E.F. Brady Co. as a secretary and training consultant for over 25 years, and as the company expanded to a large office in Castroville, Donna and Allen added two daughters to their family.Donna was quick to laugh, could bring a room to tears and smiles when offering a heart-felt toast, and loved making life fun for her family and friends. She enjoyed reading, dancing (including swing, country, and a very enthusiastic embrace of disco), traveling, and listening to music, and she made the best Christmas cookies her children have ever tasted. With a quiet determination, she wanted to make the world a better place and became active in Beyond War in the 1980s and throughout her life supported the SPCA, Greenpeace, and other organizations. Education was also important to her, and she partnered with two teachers in co-owning and operating a Montessori school for several years.Donna was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother Richard. She is survived by her husband, Allen; children, Troy (Rosemary), Darrin (Steve), Tim (Pamela), Julie (Michael), and Megan; grandchildren, Brian, Katie, Colin, Jo, Ryan, Megan, and Molly; sister, Mary, and brother, Charlie; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Due to the pandemic, the family will not be holding a memorial service. If you would like to express your condolences, please sign Donna’s guestbook on the Trident Society website ( In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to an Alzheimer's research association of your choice.


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Vince Lombardo

February 25, 2021

I was greatly shocked to learn of Donna's passing. She always had a friendly word for everyone. Her cheerful disposition was an inspiration to all of us. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and family.
Our thoughts are with you Allen, and we extend to you our deepest sympathy.
Sincerely yours.

Vince and Claire Lombardo

Mike Holland

February 25, 2021

We are thinking about Allen and the Larson family in this time of sorrow and loss. Donna is now in a place where she has even more influence, and can do the things Mom's do for everyone they care for:-)


Kim Smith

February 25, 2021

Jerry and I were so sad to learn about Donna's passing. Allen, you and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers as you all navigate through this difficult time. Donna was such a sweet soul, smart and very quick witted. She will truly be missed by so many. May she rest in eternal peace.

Kim & Jerry Smith

Michael Taylor

February 25, 2021

Although I did not Donna that well my Family Barbara And Leonard Liddle knew her and Allen very well. They Have often spoke about the many wonderful trips they were on together and what a Beautiful soul Donna was. Our thoughts and prayers our with Allen and the entire Larson Family.

David Dolnick

February 25, 2021

Janice and I were so saddened to hear of Donna's passing. Her bright wit, smile, and joy will always be with us, and are gifts of immeasurable value. Our deepest condolences to all.

Pat (Lynn) Hamilton

February 21, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. We volunteered together with Beyond War, and did a road trip together to a BW conference in San Luis Obispo. She was beautiful and lots of fun! I’m sorry we didnt stay in touch longer!

Gary Dunlap

February 19, 2021

Donna's smile is the first image I have when going through my memories of our family get togethers. During the parties we would have at your house, ours, or another friend's (like the Drummond's), I will always remember Donna as graceful, kind, and joyful. I will always have fond memories of my mom, dad, and me at these energy-filled parties. I happened to drive by your old Salinas home just a few days ago and was recalling the game of Life I played in your kitchen, playing bumper pool (not by the rules, of course:), and sitting in the living room listening to all of the adults talking:) Thank you for the fond memories. And I thank Donna for who she was in this world for all the people she touched.

Dottie Fockler

February 17, 2021

WOW, so much to absorb with a loving / caring / adorable / you name it, that was Donna, hard to believe, a friend for 60 years is hard to forget, so very many lovely memories over the years from raising children, going camping, many social gatherings, many @ home get togethers, trips whenever possible and twice in our lifetime lived just a few blocks from each other. Donna would do anything for anyone. I'm @ a loss for words that this has really happened to her, why do the best have to be taken from us. We send our very utmost condolences to Allen, all 5 of their children and many grand children, can't imagine how they feel. Donna will always be in my dreams as one to always remember, I can't say enough, in reaching out to Allen & all the family, we're always here if you need us. I'd also like to include an awesome long time friends of Donna/Allen forever time, Art / Carol Drummond my thoughts are with you as well as this cannot be easy for you @ any point. Take care Larson Family and thank you Julie for reaching out to everyone.

Dave & Dottie Fockler

My 3 boys do not have access to Facebook but I'd like to extend their condolences to all the Family & I will give them the Website as they remember the Larson's and all the wonderful memories of our trips and gatherings

Sweet Love to you all, Dottie

Mike, Ron & Gary Dunlap

Tammy Russell

February 16, 2021

As a senior at Salinas High, her daughter Julie was my best friend. I remember being invited to gatherings and sleep overs. I treasure those memories to this day as the Larson family was so nice to me, especially Donna. She was the mom I wished I had.
Donna, you’re a gem and will surely be missed by all the lives you touched, including mine.
May your light always shine bright through us all.