Donald S. Tennenbaum |
Born in the Bronx, New York April 2, 1929 to George and Frances Tennenbaum. In 1936 the Tennenbaum family, including sister Paula, moved to Los Angeles where Don spent his formative years roaming the streets of East L.A. with his buddies engaging in harmless shenanigans. Think "West Side Story" but without the knives and without the dancing.
Don joined the United States Marine Corps in 1947, embarking on an eight year odyssey that would shape the rest of his life. Upon completion of basic training at Camp Pendleton Don was assigned to the First Marine Division, HQ-2-11. On 15SEP50 Don was attached to the Marine landing battalion at Inchon, Korea as part of the recapture of Seoul. His unit proceeded to the Chosin Reservoir where he engaged in combat and was wounded. Don received the Purple Heart for his wounds and was then assigned to the Marine Corps Department of the Pacific in San Francisco. Don was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1955.
Don went to work for Greyhound bus lines in 1955 as a "transportation engineer," more commonly known as a bus driver. His 20 year career driving buses inspired him to build his own travel business, starting with local group tours to the North Lake Tahoe casinos and eventually to the creation of an international travel agency.
Don was active in numerous groups and organizations, including the 1st Marine Division, the Chosin Few, Albany Rotary Club, Phoenix Society of S.F., Contra Costa County Fire Commissioner's Association, Masonic Lodge No. 144 - Phoenix Chapter and many others, all of whom were complimented and improved by Don's enthusiasm and optimism.
Don was the proud father of Cheryl (deceased), Carl (Angela), Cathy, Carol Linda White (Larry), Charlie (Karen) and Christopher (Jill); grandchildren Lisa and Douglas Tennenbaum, Bradley and Gregory Peterson, Alyssa and Kyle Pierce; step-children Michael Radisch (Lori) and Danielle Fraley; and in-laws James and Barbara Bedwell.
Don spent his last 13 years married to his loving wife Susan, his true companion and loyal friend. They were an active couple who traveled far and wide, enjoying life to the fullest and making friends wherever they ventured.
Semper fi dad, you will be missed.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 5, 2013