Following a lengthy and very complicated illness, Donald L. Makarski of East Tawas, formerly of Oscoda, died Easter Sunday afternoon with his wife, Darlene Makarski, at his side.
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Born March 23, 1937, Don retired in 1992 from Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, where he had been a product design engineer. His proudest memory there was his leadership in the creation of the Ford Escort. As a young man, Don joined the United States Air Force, where he had hoped to be a pilot. The military, however, had other ideas and Don spent his four-year term as a member of the Military Police.
A devout Catholic, Don was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Hamtramck for many years. He was also a lifetime Mason. Although a very learned man, able to speak a little of several languages, Don was most definitely quite modest. Those who knew him well will remember mostly how extraordinarily kind and gentle he was, and what a great sense of humor he possessed.
Proceeding him in death were Don's mother and father, Veronica (Wisniewski) and Nicholas Makarski; his adoptive aunt and uncle, Anne and Hollie Mooney; and his brother, Richard Makarski. Don leaves behind his beloved wife, Darlene Makarski of East Tawas; his son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Carey Makarski of Madison Heights; and his devoted Shih-Tzu dog, Meesha.
A Celebration of Life will take place by invitation soon at Don's and Darlene's East Tawas home. Cremation arrangements are by Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. An on-line guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Apr. 1 to Apr. 9, 2013