Donald K. Fleck|
Don passed away peacefully on June 29, 2014. He was born in Spokane, Washington to Madeline O'Leary Fleck and Joseph Fleck, and moved to Seattle as a child, where he lived all his life.
Don was married in 1957 to Florine Dai Ross, the love of his life.
After graduating from high school, Don joined the Army and served during World War II. He then attended the University of Washington, and graduated in 1948 with a Degree in Law. He practiced law for more than 50 years with a focus on organizing new businesses, business development, aviation law, real estate and estate planning. During that time he took a nine year break from law to start a company that pioneered the development of wheelchair lifts for transit buses. The wheelchair lift his company developed is still in use in most if not all major cities in this country.
During the 50's and 60's Don sang in the summer musical theater productions at the Green Lake Aqua Theater. He also performed as a guest soloist with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada, and sang on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with the Washington National Symphony, a high point of his musical career. For many years he was a featured soloist in the Seattle Pops concerts.
Always interested in flying, he became a pilot in 1965 and enjoyed his own airplane, a Beechcraft Debonair he called Debbie. He also enjoyed tennis, and cruising the San Juan Islands in his boat. Most of all he loved his family and friends and cherished his time with them. Always the gentleman, he charmed everyone with his kindness, enthusiasm and sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Florine Fleck, daughter Christine Mitchell, grandchildren, Angeleah Deganstein, Jeremiah Mitchell, Rosemary Wagner, and Joshua Mitchell, and twelve great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Parkshore Retirement Community, 1630 43rd Ave East, Seattle, Washington on July 11th at 2:30 pm.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 7, 2014