Donald Heitz Shelton
Don was born in St. Louis, MO, on Aug. 31, 1940 to parents, Walter H. Shelton and Margaretha Heitz Shelton. He moved to Tucson at age 8, where he grew up and raised a family.
After graduating from Amphitheater High School in 1958, he served in USAF from 1959-1963. His rank was A/1C E4 Crew Chief and aircraft mechanic on T-33 aircraft. Once leaving the Air Force, he joined Magma Copper Company Jan. 15, 1965 where he worked 33 years, 3 mos. Don was immediately active in union representation and later leadership, which led to being involved in important US historical events in the labor/management movement.
During his employment at Magma (later BHP), he was active in labor bargaining, beginning with the Mine, Mill Steelworkers-USWA. Don was the last surviving member of the historical merger meeting held at the Pioneer Hotel in Tucson, Feb. 1966. He was President of the Local #937 Steelworkers from 1982-1991 and he served as President of the AZ AFLCIO from 1987-88.
Don helped lead the transformation of the BHP acquisition of Magma and extended the life of this operation, which affected so many working families and the local community. After the mine closed, he was a Labor Management Consultant, which took him to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, bringing his expertise to multiple types of labor industries.
His hobby was wood working and he loved spending time with his family on camping trips and vacations. He was an avid Raiders fan that even involved going to live games.
He married Rosalie Redding, in 1962, in VA, where they met on a blind date on Halloween!
He is survived by 2 children, David Shelton (Teri) and Diane Shelton (Paul Brown); 3 grandchildren, Arianna Vander-Heyden (Josh), Austin Shelton and Aaron Shelton; and 2 great-grand-daughters, Adalynn and Josie Rose Vander-Heyden. He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Lee and 2 bothers, Roger Shelton and Larry Dawson.
A service is being held at Casas Adobes United Church of Christ, 6801 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ on June 2, 2022 at 9:30am. Internment will be at AZ Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 15950 N. Luckett Road, Marana AZ following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite charity, preferably those who support veterans in need.