Donald (Don) George Balas

Lamont Thomas Bodry

Balas, Donald (Don) George

May 19, 1949 – November 11, 2015

On the evening of November 11, 2015, Don Balas, resident of Mara, B.C. passed away peacefully at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm at the age of 66 years.

Don was born in Saskatchewan, the youngest son of William (Bill) and Barbara Balas, both deceased. The family moved to Penticton and later to Golden where Don grew up. He worked at the Donald Mill until it closed and then moved to Sicamous and worked at Malakwa until his retirement. He bought his Uncle Zoltan’s farm in Mara and remained there until his health deteriorated and he was moved to Bastion Place care facility.

Don will be remembered by his brothers, Dale (Lynda), Gary (Mickey), niece Tracey and nephew Jason, aunts Rose Balas of Penticton and Isobel Neilson of Penticton, numerous special cousins, his long- time partner Joyce Varga, faithful companions Blue and Puddy, and many good friends in the Shuswap and Golden area.

Honoring Don’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service, however his family plans to host a celebration of his life in the spring at his farm. His cremated remains will be scattered at that time in accordance with his instruction.

Don loved a beer with friends, a good joke and a good time. So the next time you get together with friends, tip one for Don, pause to remember him, tell some stories, trade some lies and enjoy the day.

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