Dr. Donald H. Ford

Dr. Donald H. Ford, 85, died peacefully on May 29 in Walnut Creek, California. He was born December 17, 1928, to Harold and Laurine (Dreis) Ford in Valley City, North Dakota. Don attended grade school at Alderman Rural School, St. Catherine High School, and graduated from Valley City High School.
During the Second World War, Don enlisted in the army and served for three years in the Occupational Forces of Japan. After his service, he completed a bachelor's degree from Valley City State Teacher's College, master's degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and his Ph.D. From the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
Don married Kathryn (Kay) Bogenrief in 1958 in Grand Forks, ND. As a Certified Public Accountant and Professor of Accounting and Business Law, Don served the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) for 23 years. In 1975, Don, Kay, and their two children, Paul and Diane moved to Sacramento, California, where Don began an 18 year tenure at California State University, Sacramento. Retiring to Las Vegas, Nevada, Don and Kay returned to California in 2005, where they enjoyed spending time with their two grandchildren, Lindsay and Ryan.
We entered the age of the computers while Don was a professor and that became a great passion for him. He wrote an early text book on computer language, Basic Fortran IV. Until his death, he was never far from his computer and internet friends, and his resilient and gregarious personality kept everyone on their toes.
Don is survived by his loving children Diane (Elaine) and Paul (Julie) and two grandchildren, Lindsay and Ryan. Also survived by one sister Dorothy (Gene) Klein of Valley City, ND, sister-in-law Sharon Ford of Florida and nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his wife Kay, and infant son John David, parents, his brother Ken and two nephews.