Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, proud patriot, and veteran.
Don was born February 2nd , 1923 in New York state. He was born into a dental family with his father Clifford being a dentist and his brother-in-law Hamp Burnett, also becoming a dentist. His grandfather in upper New York state was a farmer and that is where he inherited his love of gardening, especially tomatoes. His mother Helen was Swedish and may be responsible for Don’s Scandinavian good looks.
He was a cheerleader in high school and subsequently went onto Oberlin College for 3 years prior to starting Dental school at the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently served in the US Navy in the states and also in post war Japan. He worked with his father in his dental practice in Rochester and subsequently joined the Army Dental Corps and was stationed with the 40th Division in Korea where he developed and implemented the mobile Prosthodontics lab. After leaving the military, he started his first dental practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Many years later, he relocated his practice to Parc East in Alexandria. After practicing dentistry for over 50 years, he retired in 2003. He moved with his beloved wife Jan to Front Royal for retirement and spent many happy years gardening, cooking, collecting books, visiting yard sales, riding in the country and singing. He loved to visit the local library researching genealogy and interacting with the staff who were so helpful and kind to him.
Don was the father to many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He made each child feel special and loved and tried to imbue him or her with a sense of adventure. He was very proud of his adult children’s hard work and success in life. His grandchildren especially enjoyed his love of Williamsburg, history, laughter and building projects.
Don was a rare individual who loved and saw value in all people. He was one of the most cheerful and kind individuals you have ever met. He had a spirit of enthusiasm and adventure that was infectious. He was spiritual and radiated an intense joy of life. The night he passed away the stars were incredibly bright and twinkling as they welcomed one of their newest Angels.
Donations, if you wish, may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal conducted by Sammy Campbell. The family will receive friends an hour prior from 1:00 p.m. until service time.