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In Memory of

Donald R. Jenkins

September 19, 1942 - March 24, 2015

Obituary


Peoria: Donald R. Jenkins, 72, of Peoria, passed away at 7:39 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Unity Point Proctor.
He was born September 19, 1942 in Streator, IL the son of Ralph and Mildred Lehr Jenkins. He married Carol Wilson on January 19, 1979.
Don taught Agriculture at Dwight, EI Paso, and Saybrook-Arrowsmith High Schools. He was an active member of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers. Don also farmed in McLean County for many years.
Don was a Professor in the Agriculture Program at Illinois Central College. He taught Soil Science, Crop...

Peoria: Donald R. Jenkins, 72, of Peoria, passed away at 7:39 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Unity Point Proctor.
He was born September 19, 1942 in Streator, IL the son of Ralph and Mildred Lehr Jenkins. He married Carol Wilson on January 19, 1979.
Don taught Agriculture at Dwight, EI Paso, and Saybrook-Arrowsmith High Schools. He was an active member of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers. Don also farmed in McLean County for many years.
Don was a Professor in the Agriculture Program at Illinois Central College. He taught Soil Science, Crop Science, and Ag Finance. He was the recipient of the ICC Gallion Award for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2002. He was a recipient of Who's Who Among America's Teachers for 2003-04. Don was a member of the Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors. He received an Honorary Appreciation Award for 22 years of Service. Don was instrumental in the development of the "Fields of the Future" collaboration between ICC and WMBD. He believed strongly in the concept of "hands-on" learning and spent many hours with his students working and learning in the fields. Don always enjoyed his morning coffee with faculty and staff.
He retired in 2010, but returned to teach part-time. Don was a tireless supporter of the ICC Agriculture Programs.
Don is survived by his wife, Carol, of thirty-six years; one daughter, Kris Lipsey of Heyworth, IL; one son, John (Brenda) Lauritson of Downs, IL; five grandchildren, Andrew Lauritson, Jordan Robbins, Jared Lauritson, Alyssa Lauritson, and Blake Robbins; and one brother, Dale (Kathy)
Jenkins of Ransom, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the ICC Educational Foundation in support of the "Don Jenkins Agricultural Scholarship".
To view Don's memorial page please go to www.woolsey-wilton.com.
What we do in life echoes an eternity. For those who loved and respected Don, his echoes will be heard long and loud. He will be dearly missed.