Donald Clarence Singer
November 27, 1920 - March 22, 2014
Donald (Don) Clarence Singer of Modesto, CA, passed away on March 22, 2014 at the age of 93. Don was born on November 27, 1920 in Stockham, Nebraska, son of David and Harriett Singer.
Don's family moved to Stockton, CA in 1938 following his High School graduation. Don worked at his father's service station on Pacific Avenue in Stockton CA. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he served in the Pacific Theater.
Don was a tank commander and fought in the battles of Iwo Jima, Tinian and Saipan. He was promoted in a field commission from Platoon Sargent to Lieutenant after the battle of Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during the battle of Saipan Island for heroic achievement. Don received an honorable discharge in March, 1946, when he and his new wife, Louise, moved to Modesto.
Don's working career included 25 years as Manager of Factories, Farms, and Dairy at the Duel Vocational Institute in Tracy,CA.
Don served, as past president of the Big Sirs, was a member of the Modesto Elks Club and Spring Creek Country Club. Don continued his service by volunteering and teaching others his knowledge and love of reading and the history of WWII. Don was a role model and a second "Dad" for many people. He was a compassionate man who inspired others to strive for higher expectations.
Don is survived by the love of his life, Louise, his wife of 68 years. He leaves his children: Donna, Kristy (James) and Kathy (David). He loved dearly his grandchildren: Todd, Tommie, Kimberly, Hunter, Cameron, and great grandchildren: Morgan, Brentley, Peter, and Devin. Don also leaves his sisters Dorothy and Faye. Don is preceded in death by his parents, David and Harriett Singer and siblings, Orville, Bob, Eva, David and Betty.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Franklin & Downs Funeral Home. A church service is scheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:00 at Centenary Methodist Church on McHenry with graveside services to follow at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson. Donations in Don's name may be made to the Veterans Memorial Fund.
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home
1050 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA 95350
Published in the Modesto Bee on Mar. 26, 2014