Donald E. Fisher|
Donald E. Fisher, Tukwila, WA, passed away on April 29, 2013 on his 84th birthday. Our hearts are broken, but we find comfort in knowing he has reunited with the love of his life, the person who truly made him whole, his beloved wife Miriam.
Don loved life, and lived it thoroughly and joyfully. He was generous, humble, and strong-willed. He had a curious mind, a loving heart, and a playful spirit. He was funny, often very funny.
First and foremost, he was a family man. He adored and admired his wife Miriam (Martinson) Fisher. He often credited her "with everything good that ever happened to me." They were married 60 years ago, April 11, 1953.
He was a loving, entertaining and generous dad. He worked hard to provide his kids opportunities and experiences he never had.
Making a living never got in the way of making time for his two children. He was a dad who didn't miss a concert or game. He'd play games and sing nightly bedtime songs. He was always there. He loved his kids and made sure they knew it.
His grandkids would argue he's even a better grandpa. Don's truest joy over the past two decades came from his grandchildren, Alison and Nate. His eyes would sparkle; sometimes even tear up, when he spoke of them and their hundreds of sleepovers, trips, meals, events and personal time they shared together. No grandfather was ever more loved than Don.
Don was born in Strasburg, North Dakota in 1929. As a young boy, he moved to Seattle with his mom, Regina, and three older sisters: Cecilia; Alecia; and Lillian. They settled in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood. As a teen, his passion and talent for sports took a strong, life-long hold.
In the 1950's, Don played running back/defensive line for the semi-pro football team, the Seattle Ramblers. He was also an accomplished pitcher in the region's top fast-pitch softball leagues spanning the 1950's, 60's and 70's.
Don had a deeply rooted work ethic. Over a 40 year period, Don worked for Fentron Glass; Joslyn Manufacturing and Stusser Electric. He served two decades as a volunteer firefighter in the Foster-Tukwila area and also proudly served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army.
He was a man who took advantage of the many opportunities that life has to offer - a full participant in life. Upon retirement he filled his days with travel, family, friends, exercise, swimming and frequent visits to the Tukwila Community Center Gym.
Preceding in death is his beloved wife Miriam who passed away in 1992. He is survived by his daughter, Janet Fisher of Renton, WA; son, Greg Fisher of Des Moines, WA; and his grandchildren, Alison and Nate Fisher also of Des Moines.
A memorial/celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 15th at Renton Technical College at 11:00. Lunch will follow. There will be a time for family and friends to share a favorite story, or memory of Don Fisher, our beloved father, grandfather and friend.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 12, 2013