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Don Cecil Bonner
Don Cecil Bonner of Reedley, California passed away at home on July 27, 2021 after a two year battle with cancer. He was 78.
Don is survived by his second wife, Somnuek “Nita” Bonner; son Jeffery Bonner (Krista), daughter Tracey Bonner-Cason, daughter Suzye Bonner-Bracamontes; sister Kay (Ken); grandchildren Chris Lozano (Rebekah), Tyler Bonner (Heather), Priscilla Bracamontes-Wood (Maurice), Jordan Bonner (Katherine), Justynn Cason-Willems (Matthew), Billy Bracamontes and Toby Bracamontes; and 11 great-grandchildren (Bryleigh, Lailah, Malik, Faith, Emery, Sawyer, Luther, Molly, Axyll, Jagger and Nehemiah). He is preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years Billye Jones-Bonner; parents Irene and Burnis Bonner; brother Russell Bonner, brother Ronald Bonner; and great-grandson Oliver Bonner.
Don was born October 27, 1942 in Martinez, California to Irene and Burnis Bonner. He was raised in Selma. Little League and the Babe Ruth League were an important part of Don’s life growing up and he spent many hours on the field. As his family grew, he spent many evenings and weekends in the stands supporting, coaching and cheering on his kids and grandkids when they played, often traveling to other cities for All-Star games. Don met his future wife Billye Jones at a football game at Selma High School where he graduated in 1960. They were married on February 24, 1962. Don began working for his father’s company, Bonner Excavating around 1966. In 1969, Don became a Partner at Bonner Excavating, taking over the business in 1979 after his father's death and retiring in 2018. In 1976 Don and Billye built a house and moved their young family just outside of the city of Reedley, where they raised their children and also helped care for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lived there the rest of his life. After his wife Billye’s passing in 2011, Don met and fell in love with Nita Imsana. They were married November 17, 2014. Don always talked about how blessed he was to have found love twice in his lifetime, and how lucky he was to be married to two wonderful ladies. Don was the cornerstone of the Bonner family. His parents, siblings, children and grandchildren depended on his sound advice in all areas of their lives. His legacy of loyalty, love and devotion to family will continue on through his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is dearly loved and will be missed every day.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Moffett and his office staff for taking such good care of Don during his cancer diagnosis and treatment. Thank you also to AseraCare Hospice for taking care of Don during his final days.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Reedley and Selma Little League organizations.
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