A husband and wife who were married for nearly 62 years died four hours apart from each other.
Don Simpson, who was born in North Dakota, met his wife Maxine at a bowling alley after he moved to Bakersville, California to pursue a career in Civil Engineering.
The pair adopted two sons and were very active in their community.
They were involved with Rotary, YMCA and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Don was also one of the founders and the longest running members of the Bakersfield Racket Club.
The couple traveled the world and did everything together.
Two weeks ago, Don fell and broke his hip and his health quickly began to decline after the fall. During that same time, the cancer Maxine had been battling for years started to progress.
Melissa Sloan, the couple’s granddaughter, moved them into a spare bedroom in the family’s home with their beds side by side.
“Gram woke up and saw him, and held hands and they knew that they were next to each other,” explained Sloan.
Not long after the couple moved in the room together, Maxine’s health took a turn for the worse and she passed away.
“I walked them out with her body, walked back in to check on grandpa and he quit breathing as soon as her body left the room. He left with her, and they passed four hours apart from each other,” Sloan said. “All Don wanted was to be with his beautiful wife. He adored my grandmother, loved her to the end of the Earth.”
*ABC Action News contributed to this story.