Birth Date: August 23, 1939
Death Date: August 27, 2006
DIFFIE, Donald RayBorn on August 23, 1939, and entered into rest on August 27, 2006. He brought joy and laughter to all who knew him. More than that, he brought music. Cousin to the country western star Joe Diffie, Don was always ready to jam with the many musicians who would drop by his home. He was a mentor to a generation of pickers, young and old alike. He married his sweetheart Juanita on November 14, 1959. Together they raised three devoted and adoring daughters: Cheri Rickman; Teri Diffie; and Kari Wolff, who gave them three beautiful grandchildren: Jordan Diffie; Jessica Rickman; and Melissa Moen. Don is also survived by three loving sons-in-law, David Rickman, Randy Moen, and Karl Wolff. His faithful companion Willy, a Lhasa Apso, still awaits his master’s return. Donald Ray, as he was called by his friends, always had a joke to share and an infectious giggle. He was first and foremost a staunch American, a devout believer in his Maker, a friend to all and a true Southern gentleman.The world was silenced of his beautiful song.His little dog Willy wonders where has he gone.His paper, unread, sits by his chair.His strumming guitar no more fills the air.His smiling face, I can no longer greet,Nor can I dance to his country beat.Never again will we sing that old song -Farewell to my best friend, my buddy, dear Don.Services will be held at SUNSET LAWN CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES, 4701 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento, Calif., 922-5833, on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 11:00 AM. Friends will gather at the American Legion, located near 8th and M Streets in Rio Linda following the service.