Saturday, May 12, 2012

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Oilman, Golfer, Straight Shooter

Ninety-four years - a life well-lived.
Don's last passport photo

Out on the town with his vivacious wife, Jeanne. 
Jeanne & Don pose with his new aeroplane in Colombia
Bogart-like In Bogota

With Sailfish in Acapulco in the late 50s

Semper Fi - once a Marine, always a Marine 
Life was a gas!
  • Favorite Songs : Nat King Cole  Walking My Baby Back Home and Dean Martin crooning Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime. Favorite carol: Silver Bells
  •  Sport: Golf. (Don was a skier, waterskier and duck and pheasant hunter too.  And could run hurdles and perform dives off the 3 meter springboard. He parasailed behind motorboats and piloted his own plane in Colombia. Joked every Christmas about wanting a Beechcraft Bonanza)
  • Drink: Scotch.  Martini: Dry.
  • Collected antique maps and wooden decoy mallards, and preferred big dogs.
  • Don WALKED during most of his illness...sometimes 7 walks per day!
  • Last Car: a 1999 Pontiac Firebird
  • Missing him.

from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (21)

Lo! some we loved, the loveliest and best
That Time and Fate of all their Vintage prest,
Have drunk their Cup a Round or two before,
And one by one crept silently to Rest.

Translated by Edward FitzGerald

Don's ashes have been interred next to the Lion Fountain at Santa Cruz Memorial Cemetery
(Independent Order of Oddfellows Cemetery) 1927 Ocean Street Ext, Santa Cruz CA

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