Donald Craig Henshaw

 1. Nicholas Hancher (1705-1777) m Rebecca Smith (c1707-?)
 2.. William Henshaw (1736-1799) m Agnes Ann Anderson (c1745-<1806)
 3... Hiram Henshaw (1771-1845) m Mary McConnell (1777-1842)
 4.... Samuel Preston Henshaw (1813-1884) m Julia Ann Margaret Hunsicker (1813-1903)
 5..... Marion Lee Henshaw (1845-1929) m Emily Polk Payne (1845-1936)
 6...... Holmes Hart Henshaw (1870-1959) m Mattie Permelia Dougherty (1870-1897)
 7....... Russell Holmes Henshaw (1897-1971) m Vivienne May Watson (1902-1997)
 8........ Donald Craig Henshaw (1926-2014)
           +Joy Ann Phye (1929-1997)
 9.........  James Craig Henshaw (1948-) 1,2
 9.........  (private) Henshaw  1,2
 9.........  Michael Kevin Henshaw (1965-) 1,2
           +Dorothy Mae Armstrong 
           +Vada Oma Lundstrom (1919-2012)
Donald Craig Henshaw     [ID 05270] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born May 20 1926, Denver, Denver County, Colorado.1,3,4,5,6  

Don attended elementary and junior high schools in the Los Angeles area before his parents moved to Needles, California in 1941.  He served two years in the U.S. Navy V-12/ROTC programs, receiving his discharge in Jacksonville, Florida on Aug 8 1946.1,3  

He attended the University of Redlands, where one of his roommates was H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, who later became Chief of Staff to President Nixon (and a famous Watergate-era political figure).3  

He married Joy Ann Phye, Jul 18 1947.1  Joy, daughter of Virgil Willis "Jack" Phye & May June Brittain, was born Sep 13 1929, Wellington, Kansas.1,7,8  

Don continued with college and received a BA in Business Administration in 1949, and an MA in Education in 1952 from the University of Redlands.  He also earned General Elementary, General Secondary, and General Administrative life credentials.  He taught elementary school for six years in Redland, California.  During his career he was Federal Project Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent - Business Services, as well as superintendent for several school districts.1  

In June of 1987, one week after Don retired, Joy was diagnosed with lymphoma (cancer).1  Joy died Mar 26 1997, Kern County, California; buried Mar 28 1997, Westside District Cemetery, Taft, California.1,7,8  

He then married Dorothy Mae Armstrong, Sep 20 1997.1  

Don and Dorothy were divorced Feb 24 2001.9  

He then married Vada Oma Lundstrom, Oct 13 2001.9  Vada was born Dec 8 1919, Moundridge, Kansas.10  

Vada died Apr 29 2012, Bakersfield, Kern County, California; age 92.10  

Vada's obituary was published in "The Bakersfield Californian" (Bakersfield, California) on May 1, 2012:10

Vada Oma Henshaw 1919 - 2012

A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. for Vada Oma Henshaw, 92.  Mrs. Henshaw was born In Moundridge, Kansas on December 8, 1919 and on April 29, 2012 in Bakersfield she went home to be with the Lord.  She had lived in Taft since 1935 and was a member of the Foursquare church.  She was employed with the telephone company as a line assigner and retired after 25 years of service.  Her proudest accomplishment, aside from her family, was becoming a licensed minister.  She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Hazel Havenhill, Nedra Adams, Marian Hewitt and Verna (twin of Vada) Cole.  Mrs. Henshaw is survived by her husband, Donald Henshaw; daughters, Sharon Besler, Marvalyn Chandler and Susan Loustalot; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.  To convey condolences please visit  Erickson & Brown Funeral Home

Donald Craig Henshaw died Jan 21 2014, Clovis, California; buried West Side District Cemetery.5,6,11  

Don's obituary was published in the "Taft Midway Driller" (Taft, California) on January 23, 2014:5,6,11

Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral service which will be held at the Lighthouse Foursquare Church, 207 Tyler Street, Taft on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. for Donald C. Henshaw, 87.  Don's grandson Chaplain Jason DiPinto and Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons of the Taft Lighthouse Foursquare Church will officiate, and burial will be at the West Side District Cemetery.  

Donald Henshaw was born in Denver, Colorado on May 20, 1926 and passed away in Clovis, CA on January 21, 2014.  Part of the "greatest generation", Don proudly served his Country as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.  Donald and his family moved to Taft in 1977 and made Taft their home for over 35 years.  He was an active member of the Lighthouse Foursquare Church serving as a Church Elder for many years and also ministered as a member of The Gideons Society.  Donald started his career in education in Redlands, CA in the mid-1950's and retired from Taft Union High School as the District Business Manager in 1987.  Donald enjoyed woodworking and was known for his excellent woodworking skills.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joy Ann Henshaw; his second wife, Vada Oma Henshaw; his mother, Vivienne Mae Henshaw and his brother, Roger Henshaw.  

Donald's survivors include his children and their spouses, Jim and Carrie Henshaw of Taft, Valerie and Randy DiPinto of Clovis, Mike and Carrollynn Henshaw of Quartzsite, Arizona; his step children and spouses, Sharon Lynn and Art Besler of Medford, Oregon, Marvie Chandler and Sue and Tom Loustalot of Taft; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Viewing will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.  To convey condolences or sign an online register, please visit

(photo)Photo: Donald Craig Henshaw and Joy Ann Phye 9

(photo)Photo: Donald Craig Henshaw 5

Social Security information for Joy Ann Phye: 551-34-9368


  1. Henshaw history and genealogy manuscript, original by Holmes Hart Henshaw, 1930; updated in 1995 by Donald Craig Henshaw and others.
  2. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  3. "Life History of Donald Craig Henshaw", by Donald Craig Henshaw.
  4. 1930 census, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California; roll T626-128, ED 1005, page 9A, line #10, dwelling #250, family #250.
  5. Obituary of Donald Craig Henshaw; "Taft Midway Driller", Jan 23 2014:
  6. U.S. Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection;
  7. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  8. California, Death Index, 1940-1997;
  9. Contribution from Donald Craig Henshaw.
  10. Obituary of Vada Oma Henshaw; "The Bakersfield Californian", May 1 2012:

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