I have been visiting and traveling in Mexico with my son and his family. The other day, while passing through Bucerias, I asked my son to stop by Don's pizza shop. My son spends a fair amount of time in Mexico, and from time to time would stop by Don's place to see if he was open. I was hoping on a future trip to stop by and have some pizza and to meet Don in person. The reports that I received from my son were that Don's place was always closed. However, a couple of weeks ago, in anticipation of my visit to Mexico, I read a tripadvisor.com review that was fairly recent that praised Don's pizza. So, naturally I was quite excited about the possibility of paying a visit to Don's place. Unfortunately, when we reached his place this past Thursday, it was closed. Moreover, the front of the building had been painted over with a thin first coat of white paint through which the original Donaldos Pizza Hogar name and related artwork were still visible. My thinking was that perhaps Don moved to a new location, one that was closer to the center of Bucerias with more tourist traffic.
So, this morning, while I was sitting in my hotel room in Guadalajara and preparing to join my son and his family for breakfast, I decided to get my iPad out and do some searching to see if there was anything recent on Don's pizzeria. It was then that I found the following interview on Don: http://amigosdebucerias.org/vip-interview/january-2013-don-thompson/
. So, it was with great sorrow that I read of Don's passing on June 10 in the update at the bottom of the interview piece.
I always saw Don as a good and decent man, one who was generous with his time in helping other members. Don frequently spoke of his love for the forum, so it came as a surprise to many of us when he decided to leave the forum. In retrospect, his leaving the forum may have been his best way to say goodbye, quietly and without a lot of fanfare. All along I had hoped to meet Don in person and to convince him to rejoin the forum. That was not to be. His passing reminds us how fragile life can be.