February 3, 1934 - Monday April 15, 2019

Donald Dinsmore Osborn, 85, passed away peacefully at his home early Monday April 15, 2019. He was born February 3, 1934 in Tecumseh OK to William Jennings Bryan Osborn and Alla Jane Crossley Osborn. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings Barbara Jean Myers, Bryan Osborn Jr, Betty Jo Smith and James Earl Osborn.

 He was a graduate of Salinas High School class of 1952, in Salinas CA. He then served in the United States Navy June 1953 to June 1961. He then worked in Carpentry and was very talented at it. He also owned multiple businesses with his brothers as Osborn Brothers. These businesses included Lake San Antonio in Monterey County, where he ran the Marina. He was involved in the design and construction of the docks and tackle shop. Buena Vista Concessions, Lake Buena Vista in Kern County. Papa’s Pizza in Taft CA, and Central Lanes Bowling Alley in Oroville CA. When he “officially” retired, he went back to Carpentry working with his nephew Johnny Smith of Oroville.

He loved his Family and Fishing and was always ready to cook up a family BBQ or Fish Fry. He recently said that his beloved fishing boat was like his right arm.

He is survived by his Sweetheart, Nancy Lee Strand Osborn, his wife of 57 years. Their four children Sherilyn Patterson (Larry) Ventura CA, Julie Franks (Daryl) Bakersfield CA, Darin Osborn and David Osborn both of Palm Desert CA. His beloved sisters Doris Velva Lamar and Patricia Ann Chambers, Chico, CA. Grandchildren Erin Johns (Jason) Taft CA, Ryan Jackson Taft CA, Jake Walker Franks Bakersfield CA, Audrey Franks Bakersfield CA and Nick Patterson Ventura, CA. Great Grandchildren Ayden Massey and Kamryn Johns, Taft, CA.


He leaves behind many other family and friends and he will be deeply missed. He was a great man who always had a smile on his face and didn’t hesitate to help those in need. We had a lot of great quality time with him the last few weeks of his precious life. Many wonderful memories were made fulfilling his last wish of a family fishing trip on Lake Oroville.


He had a very strong work ethic and was always keeping busy. If you had a squeaky or off-balanced door at your house and Dad was visiting, somehow it would always be in perfect condition when he left. He had been dealing with CHF the last 3 years of his life and his doctors were amazed that he was getting around as well as he was with the health readings they saw. He was our Superman.

Thank you to Dr. Dennis Sheehan of Redwood City who was Dad’s doctor and friend for many years. He helped Dad so much and truly cared about his care. Also, thank you to Dr. Randy Vagalos of Stanford for helping control Dad’s Congestive Heart Failure for the last few years, giving him as much precious time possible to spend with our family. They gave him excellent care over the years and Dad thought the world of both. As Dad told Randy during his last hospital stay, “I have had great care and I’ve had a good run”.


An Open House style Celebration of Dad’s Life will be held on Saturday June 29th at his home in Chico from 11am to 3pm. We will have a special toast to Dad at 1pm. Be prepared to share some of your favorite memories of Dad and family. That is what he wanted.