Just one week after attending his grandson’s high school graduation in Raleigh, North Carolina, “Lubby” passed away unexpectedly from an aggressive form of leukemia on June 21, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence; mother, Thelma; and wife, Nancie. He is survived by his brother, Jerry; daughters, Deborah Fox and Kim; son, Steven; daughter-in-law, Sharon; wonderful grandsons, Tommy and Payne; extended family, Mike Mason and Sue Carpenter; and special friend, Anna Johannson.
Don grew up in Constantine, MI and was a 1954 Hope College graduate. He served in the military and while stationed in Hawaii, his first daughter, Deborah, was born. Don and Nancie moved to Holt in 1956 where he took a job with Auto-Owners and Nancie became a teacher. Don served on the Holt School Board for 22 years and was also a member of Holt Kiwanis Club for many years.
Don was an avid golfer and spent most of his retirement years working his dream job as a golf ranger at his second home, Eldorado Golf Course, in Mason. He played on numerous golf leagues and had a heck of a game right up until the end. His hobbies ranged from re-gripping golf clubs to magically repairing the uncommon household problem that neighbors and family members would bring to him; he was gifted in the art of fixing all things broken and improving upon those things that worked.
His volunteer work had him collecting the coin donations at area Burger Kings, which help to keep the McRee Guest House at McLaren Greater Lansing up and running. He also volunteered for Lifeline where he enjoyed the challenges of setting up personal alarms for the elderly and at-risk community members.
Don will be remembered for being a wonderful and caring man who enjoyed being with his friends and family; he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family will be receiving visitors at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel on Thursday, June 23, from 4-7 p.m. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering at Eldorado in Mason on Friday, June 24, from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the McRee Guest House in Lansing, MI.