• "I am so saddened of the news of Dr. Tusk's passing. He held..."
  • "My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief...."
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  • "I have been traveling, Mignon, and just learned of Donald's..."
  • "Bob and I were so saddened to learn of Donald's passing. ..."
    - Bob and Judy Womack

DONALD TUSK 78, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, beloved husband of Mignon for 51 years. Devoted father of Mark and Michael, and daughter in law Lindsay, died October 4, 2013. Loving son of the late Samuel and Beatrice Tusk. Born February 1935 and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, his greatest accomplishment was his love and devotion to his wife and sons. A graduate of Indiana University and Fairleigh Dickinson School of Dentistry, he served in the United States Air Force at Lowery Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado, where he met his future wife, Mignon B. of Miami, Florida. Formerly of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, he founded a highly successful dental practice he enjoyed for 35 years in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. After building his dream house and relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1993, he taught before returning to part-time practice with Dr. Keith Jameson. He built a loving relationship with both staff and patients who were impressed with his compassion and meticulous style of dentistry. In Santa Fe he was an active runner, tennis player and golf became his new sport of choice. While living in Santa Fe for twenty years many friendships were built and nurtured as a member of the Las Campanas community. He was especially grateful to all his friends and colleagues for their constant support during his illness. Donald also enjoyed traveling the world and relaxed by gardening around the house, dining out, and enjoyed an active social life. As a board member of the Santa Fe Symphony he was especially proud to have chaired the first 'Painted Violins' event. Collecting and championing the careers of local artists was another continuing source of joy. Over the years he was known for his diverse and unparalleled sweater collection, which he took great pride in. Sundays were always set aside for his life-long devotion to the four-time Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. He lived a full and exciting life filled with sweetness and love for 78 years. We are grateful for his invaluable contributions both to us and the local community and already miss his wisdom, sense of humor and zest for life. Special thanks to P.J., Rosie and Glenna from PMS hospice in Santa Fe. Shiva will be sat at the family home and funeral will be at Rivera Funeral Home at 1 pm on Thursday, October 10th. In lieu of flowers donations are welcomed to Fanfare/Santa Fe Symphony. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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