Obituary Note: Don Choffel

Don Choffel

Don Choffel, owner and co-founder of Dickson Street Bookshop, Fayetteville, Ark., has died. In a Facebook post announcing his death, the bookstore noted: "The impact of his loss is impossible to measure, especially to those of us who were lucky enough to know him well. But also to countless people who never had the good fortune of knowing him. His effect on Northwest Arkansas and around the world is simply awe-inspiring. Anyone who knew Don would tell you that he was the kindest, most humble, intelligent, generous, funny, and loving man you could hope to meet."

Dickson Street Bookshop, the post continued, "is Don's baby. He worked tirelessly seven days a week for the last 45-plus years to ensure our continued success, including in the event of his passing. He planned well for this day because he wanted the bookshop to always be here, serving the local community, and that is exactly what we will do. We aren't going anywhere, and we will continue to uphold and honor his work, values, wishes and the lifeblood he selflessly poured into the bookshop."

Noting that there will be a small private service for Choffel, the bookstore encouraged "anyone who is inclined to donate in his name to programs that promote literacy."

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