3/31/25 – 8/18/2016 Bradenton, Florida formerly of Janesville Wisconsin, loving father, grandfather, brother passed on 8/18/2016. He was a veteran who served in the Navy during WWII as a Machinist Mate 1st Class in the South Pacific from 1946-1946. He also served in the Army during the Korean Conflict as Master Sergeant from 1946 – 1954. Upon completion of his military service he went to work for the Rock County Sheriff's Department and also served as the Civil Defense Director for Rock County in Janesville,Wisconsin. He moved to Bradenton, Florida in 1973 and joined the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. He subsequently worked for the Bradenton Beach Police Department as a patrolman and was promoted to Chief of Police from 1973-1979. He also worked for the Longboat Key Police Department as patrolman/detective and Detective Sergeant for the Holmes Beach Police Department. He completed his law enforcement career at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office serving civil and criminal warrants division until his retirement in 1996. After retirement, he worked part time as a ranger/starter at Waterlefe Golf Club from 2000 – 2012 when he retired for the 2nd and final time. Don was a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Certified Instructor and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He was a member of numerous motorcycle clubs and traveled the country well into his 80's with his late son and grandson in pursuit of this hobby. He was a life member of the Gold Wing Riders Association and Elks Lodge #1511. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #70 and AARP. He is survived by long time companion Lois Mulnix, Daughters Cheryl and Kristine, Granddaughter Kim all of Bradenton, Grandson Stephen of Tampa, Granddaughter Ashley of Trinity, half-sister Mary Alyce Paul of New Smyrna Beach and numerous nieces and nephews and friends. He was predeceased by mother Louise, father Bernard, sister Geraldine, brother Russell and son Steven. Per his request, there will be no services. Donations in his memory can be made to Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches, Moffitt Cancer Center or Tidewell Hospice.
Published in The Bradenton Herald from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, 2016