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Donald J. Desautels

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POWNAL -- Mr. Donald J. Desautels, 62, a resident of Niles School Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at his residence.

He was born in Bennington on Sept. 7, 1943, the son of the late Armand J. and Anastasia (Maher) Desautels. Don received his education in Bennington and was a 1961 graduate of Bennington Catholic High School. He was a United States Navy veteran serving from 1962 to 1966. In 1978 Don joined the Army Reserve and in September 2003 he retired from the Army National Guard after 29 years of military service.

On Sept. 26, 1970, he married the former Cynthia Carbonaro at Saint Francis de Sales Church in Bennington.

In earlier years Don was employed at the Mount Anthony Country Club. He later worked for local contractors and in October 2005 Don retired from the Massachusetts Carpenters Local 108.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to be in the woods. He was a member of the Bennington Lodge of Elks 567 and American Legion Post 90 in Pownal.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Desautels of Pownal; two daughters, Tracy Desautels and her husband, Brian Babson of Shaftsbury, and Amy Desautels of Shaftsbury; a grandson, Carson Babson of Shaftsbury; a sister, Joyce Palmer, and her husband, Greg of Bennington; an aunt, Beatrice Charron of Burlington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Friday Jan. 13, 2006, at 11 a.m.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m., when the family will be in attendance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pownal Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 11, 2006
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