Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:51

Don Story Passes

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Don Story at the Phoenix Orpheum in 2013 Don Story at the Phoenix Orpheum in 2013

Don Story, a founding member of VOTS in 1963, passed away this week in Tucson at the age of 75.

DonStory1965Don was a graduate of ASU with a degree in journalism.  He worked at KAET, Channel 8, in its early days and was a well-known organist in the Phoenix area playing at many restaurants and lounges.  He served in the U.S. Army as a chaplain's assistant and organist stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.  After returning to civilian life he worked as an automobile insurance claims adjuster in Palm Desert, CA.  Don then moved to Tucson to work as a deputy for the Pima County Sheriff's Office until retirement.  He continued to play in dance bands, combos, and as a solo organist.  His specialty was finding obscure pieces of music and stumping the listeners.  He played for VOTS meetings numerous times at many venues.  The last several years he has played the Wurlitzer before shows at the prestigious El Paso Film Festival in Texas.  









Don at the console in 1965

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  • Comment Link Carol Mills Sunday, 25 March 2018 22:00 posted by Carol Mills

    He was a sweet guy. Always wanted to be following you around carrying on conversation, and smiling the whole time! It wasn't difficult to be fond of him. I also have a couple recordings of him playing one of his organs. He did have quite the passion for them.

  • Comment Link Arnie Dale Sunday, 18 March 2018 14:00 posted by Arnie Dale

    Always enjoyed just being around Don. And seldom ever knowing those tunes he dug up from somewhere. He will, and has been, missed. RIP my friend.

  • Comment Link Johnny Sharp Sunday, 18 March 2018 10:01 posted by Johnny Sharp

    This wonderful, talented man will truly be missed! RIP Don. Thank you for your musical support and friendship these last ten years. Johnny Sharp

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