Donald Francis Helm

IMG_3248Donald Francis Helm, a Friend to all, passed away at home, after his valiant struggle with Pancreatic Cancer.   A Las Vegas native, he was born April 8, 1937 and died May 27, 2014.

An active sportsman, athlete and hunter, he graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1956, where he lettered in all sports.  He played basketball for BYU and later for (what was then) Nevada Southern University, where he was an outstanding basketball player. He was a member of the first basketball team when the school was re-named the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He served in the United States Army. Don had the distinction of being a FRIEND to everyone he met…..he was loved by all.

An avid Scouter, he achieved his Silver Beaver award in 2006.  He was a Retiree of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Las Vegas Taxi Cab Authority, and most recently as Security for the Las Vegas Nevada LDS Temple.  An avid hunter, he taught Hunter Safety for the Nevada Department of Wildlife for over 40 years, was an Instructor for CCW classes, and a trained Boy Scout leader.  As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Donald held many leadership positions, but particularly enjoyed being with the young men. He also served many years as an Ordinance Worker in the LDS Temple.

Don always enjoyed his roles in the Annual Nativity Pageant, and was particularly recognizable for his beautiful white beard.  Appearing in the Vegas TV series for several years, he enjoyed his acting hobby.

Donald is survived by his loving wife, Nancy and his three children, Doug Musgrove, Jana Evans, and Tina May, along with 12 wonderful Grandchildren and 2 adorable Great Grandchildren.  He also is survived by his brother, Richard, and a Sister, Patricia Peralis.

Services for Donald will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 31st at the LDS Church at 827 Temple View Drive. A viewing will also be held on Friday night from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM till time of services at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City, Utah or to the Boy Scouts of America.

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