Don West, Trailbuilder and Friend of the Mountain Bike Community, Passes Away


On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, family, friends and the mountain bike community felt a tremendous loss with the passing of Don West.

Donald Marcus West was born January 22, 1976 to Mary Louise Nicholson and Danny Hugh West in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Don West, trailbuilder, passed away on September 18, 2019. Photo courtesy Jenny West

Don was the proud owner of Wasatch Trails Company and was passionate about designing and building the trails we all love to ride.  If you ever rode a Don West trail, chances are you had a smile on your face. 

He was a true outdoorsman who was happiest surrounded by nature.  Mountain biking, road biking, climbing, backcountry skiing, fishing, kayaking and camping with family and friends was how Don preferred to spend his time. He was adventurous and found pleasure in exploring, camping and biking with his wife in the desert and mountains of Utah.

He was extremely intelligent, kind hearted, free spirited and loved to tease.  Above all else, Don was genuine.  

Don moved from Arkansas to Utah in 2011 where he met his wife Jenny Mitton West, married September 14, 2013 in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  He is survived by his wife, Jenny, her two children Canyon and Sage and his daughter Megan.  He is also survived by his mother Mary (Bob), father Danny (Carolyn), brother Adam, and sister Jacque and many other family members and close friends. Don was preceded in death by sister, Regina Diane Nicholson.

A celebration of life open house will be held Sunday, September 29, 2019 from Noon-3pm 
Bring your best Don West story

2229 E Powderkeg Dr. Sandy, UT 

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” Edward Abbey

Don also wrote several articles for Cycling West, one of the more recent ones was on trailbuilding.

Don and Jenny West. Photo courtesy Jenny West
Don West, trailbuilder. Photo courtesy Jenny West
One of the many trails that Don built. Photo courtesy Jenny West
Don West, trailbuilder. Photo courtesy Jenny West
Don West, trailbuilder. Photo courtesy Jenny West
Don West riding.. Photo courtesy Jenny West
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  1. Your trails are some of my favorite. Thanks for leaving a legacy behind. Rest in peace, brother. Thanks for including me on some of the greatest adventures (White Rim and Ding and Dang).


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