Donald R. Pfost

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July 2, 1940 ~ February 23, 2023

Born in: Boise, Idaho
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Donald Robb Pfost, 82, passed away unexpectedly on February 23, 2023. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lois (FitzSimmons); daughters, Kathleen Kieckhafer (Chris) and Michelle Pfost; grandson, Travis Godec (Jody); granddaughters, Kailey and Ashley Kieckhafer; and great-grandsons, Camden and Brendan. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Virginia and George; and brothers, Richard and George Leroy. Born July 2, 1940, in Boise, Idaho. He served his military service in the US Army band before continuing his education at North Idaho Junior College, followed by a Bachelor of Education from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. in sociology from CU Boulder. He taught as a sociology professor at Western Carolina University for fifteen years before returning to Colorado to start a second profession as a statistical analyst for the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment for another fifteen years. Very politically active throughout his life, Don traveled several times to Nicaragua and spent many years protesting nuclear proliferation. Of special note were his memberships in the Southern Colorado Runners, Health Care for All Colorado, and Sierra Club, especially concerning climate change. He was a life-long runner and woodworker, and he spent many of his later years volunteering at the Pueblo Friends of the Library used bookstore, Books Again. After retirement, Don had the opportunity to enjoy some trips abroad with his wife — Ireland and Scotland to explore his heritage, Kauai, Hawaii, and many trips to watch baseball games umpired by his grandson, Travis. At his request, he was cremated and there will not be a service at this time. Memorials may be made to Care & Share, 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80915 or a charity of your choice. A celebration of life is planned for this summer.



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  1. Dr Pfost was my Sociology professor at WCU. Coming from a rural, conservative county he taught ideas & ideals I had never heard. He was a tough, but fair professor. I learned a lot from him.

  2. Q and I miss Don greatly. Our time together at Books Again is a highlight of Pueblo. As luck would have it, Don and I shared a political sameness and were able to discuss during our “before hours” conversations. He was generous in all he did and who he was.

  3. I thought I’d see Don again for more work on climate change now that we’re moving beyond COVID. COVID unfortunately disrupted a planned Pueblo Climate Summit by the Sierra Club, including a video visit to the conference by Bill McKibben.–that Don initiated.
    My memory of Don was one of a professional wanting to get to the heart of things and do good. I considered Don a friend, but not enough time to really get acquainted and do the kind of things we had planned. Nevertheless, he
    inspired me to continue the fight for the underdog, kids, and the planet.
    My heartfelt condolences to Lois and the family.

  4. To the Pfost family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will always have fond memories of Don, as a fellow woodturner and customer of the Classic Corner. Hugs and good thoughts to all.
    Love ,
    Gloria and Mary Ann

  5. LOIS, I am so sorry for your loss. So glad you had 59 years together & can enjoy those memories. I pray he did not suffer long.
    Blessings, Doris Baer

  6. I met Don through “Resist” which morphed into Pueblo Indivisible. I appreciated his help and insights on numerous environmental issues. I admired his great efforts in the “Medicare for all” program. He gave me direction on some very quality books to read for us to discuss! He was so very intelligent and bright and involved in our community. We were lucky to have him in Pueblo!
    I’m very sorry for the family and for your loss and for the loss of him in our midst.

  7. Matt Romero
    Michelle I’m so sorry for your loss of your dad .my condolences to you and your family please if you need anything please call me or text I loved your dad .give your mom a hug for me .thanks for letting me know love you 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  8. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, Michelle. He sounded like a person who cared dearly about his community and the world and lived a very full life. My sympathies are with you and your family. Take care. ~ Lisa Thomas

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