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Donald M. Graves, 83, a former resident of Daytona Beach, Florida passed away September 6, 2013 in Chico, California. He was born in Max, Indiana on April 18, 1930. He attended Darlington High School in Indiana where he played basketball. Don joined the Navy after high school and was in the Navy Air Corps. from 1948-1953. He married Velma Butterfield and had three children. Don started his career as an electrician and then was hired by IBM where he worked as a field engineer for 25 years in Indiana and later transferred to Daytona Beach where he met and married his late wife, Sue. Don loved living in Florida. He was always on the golf course. At 72, Don had scored his third hole-in-one at the Daytona Beach Golf Club and the account was in the newspaper. Always active, he loved dancing, horseshoes and table tennis. The last three years Don lived in Chico, California to be near his children. Don is survived by two daughters, Linda Anderson, Michelle Graves; and one son, Michael Graves; three granddaughters, Laina Dimmich, Megan Anderson, Kelsey Anderson; two great grandchildren, Breanna Giannotti and Bentley Anderson, all living in California; a stepdaughter, Jill Stoetzel; and two twin great-grandsons Paul and Ashton of Ormond Beach, Florida. Don had one brother, Wendell Graves of Georgia. Don will be laid to rest Friday, January 17 at 10 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church, in the Garden of the Resurrection, 338 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL. Memorial donations may be made to the
. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Condolences for the family may be shared at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com
Lohman Daytona Funeral Home
1423 Bellevue Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 5, 2014