Donald W. Milani

November 26, 1947 - February 23, 2023

Donald W. Milani

Don was born on 11/26/1947, to his parents Victorine and Ernest Milani in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He was raised on a Dairy Farm and loved animals. He graduated in 1966 from Sacred Heart Academy High School. Don loved sports and played Football and Basketball throughout the school years. He was also a Lettermen and on the Fire Squad Team.

Don joined the Army in 1966, and while serving his four years, was in the Secret Intelligence Division overseas in places such as Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge and was awarded with many medals.

Don always had a passion for flying and became a pilot after returning home. He always dreamed of flying again and would have loved to continue flying as long as he could.

Don also had a love of the woods. He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Management from St. Marys College and his Associate Degree in Forestry from Santa Rosa Junior College. He then began a career of Safety Consulting for the Timber Industry. Throughout the years he worked in various areas of the industry. He became affiliated with the Associated California Loggers Association in 1977. He held the title of Safety Director for the ACL for many years. Don was also a Master Trainer for Medic First Aid. Safety and education were his passion and he worked with many groups in the industry.

Don had a second passion which was traveling in his 5th Wheel Trailer. There was nothing he loved more than to have regular trips planned each month. His grandchildren, family, and friends created many wonderful memories of these trips.

Don is survived by his first wife, Velda, mother of their three sons Bryan, Steven and Anthony and his seven brothers and sisters, Victor, Charles, Frank, John, Charlene, Ernestine and Ken.

He is also survived by his loving wife, Linda, and her two children, Kelly and Steven. He had nine grandchildren, Julianne, Trystan, Marissa, Desirae, Cadence, Autumn, Ashlynn, Dominic and Alexandria. He loved spending time with family and friends, but especially loved any time spent with the grandchildren.

Don was caring, easy-going, charismatic and had a good sense of humor. He never put himself first and was always willing to help others in any way he could. He was a very kind and gentle soul. He also had the patience of a saint and was tenacious in meeting and resolving any challenge presented to him. Don always saw the positive side of life and chose not to dwell on the negative. His motto was “It will all work out.”

Don was blessed with a very peaceful passing. He was loved by so many whom he knew throughout the years. He will be forever missed and forever loved. He has left us a beautiful legacy.

His Loving Wife,



Friday, March 31, 2023
11:00 AM

Calvary Cemetery and Funeral Center (New building)
7100 Verner Ave
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Committal service

Friday, March 31, 2023
12 Noon

Calvary Cemetery and Funeral Center
7101 Verner Ave
Citrus Heights, CA 95621