Donald Gruesu passed away on July 20, 2012 in Carlsbad, Calif.
He was was born on Aug. 17, 1964, in Ridgway.
Don was the middle son of Joseph and Bernice Gruesu. Donald has two brothers, Stephen Gruesu and Paul Gruesu.
Don married Patty Dwyer on Oct. 4, 1997 in Newport Beach, Calif. They have three sons, Brandon, twins Bayard and Carlson; a daughter, Mallorie, and a granddaughter, Brooke.
Don earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Pre-Law with concentrations in Competition and Public Policy, Quantitative Economics and Management Economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987. Don spent the last 15 1/2 years of his professional career with Oracle, a Fortune 500 Company headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif. Don was a Vice-President with Global Responsibility for their Industries Business Unit, including the integration of mergers and acquisitions by Oracle.
During his lifetime, Don always had a very positive attitude. He was known for his courage, his determination and his resourcefulness.
He was capable of tackling the toughest problems head on. Don was also kind, loving and generous. He was a mentor to many, a positive influence bringing out the best in people. Don developed lasting relationships with many people throughout the world.
On July 2, 2008, Don was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His twin sons were only 10 months old. Don was determined to be there with them as long as he could. He fought a courageous battle and was able to give them four years and 18 days of fond memories for them to remember him by.
During Don’s struggle with cancer, he touched the lives of many cancer patients and their families. During his chemotherapy treatments they remember him sitting next to them, telling jokes, making them laugh and giving them strength and hope when they needed it most.
Don was devoted to his family and always made sure all of their needs were properly taken care of. They spent quality time together sharing their love with each other. Don will be missed but never forgotten.
At the end, Don’s faith prevailed. He did not look at this as an ending, rather a new beginning with God in Heaven for eternity. His pain is gone and his outstanding legacy lives on.