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Donald Sanders Fraser Donald was born on January 29, 1916, the son of Donald Maner Fraser and Ann Sanders Fraser. He died on September 29, 2018 at his home (since 1950) in Rancho Palos Verdes. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Margaret Lyon Fraser in 2008, his daughter, Ann Fraser Hall in the same year and his foster daughter, Debbi Fatheree of Napa. He is survived by his daughters, Helen Culver Fraser and Joni Lyon Mills; a brother, David Ladson Fraser and sister in law, Eleanor Arnold Fraser of Newport Beach. He has 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Don spent his childhood and early teenage years in the family summer home of western North Carolina where he developed a lifelong love of mountains and camping in remote areas. In his later teen age years he spent his summers going to sea in one of the last remaining large commercial sailing vessels under the U.S. flag. After graduating from The Citadel in 1939 he went to sea on the same schooner, this time serving as Mate. As a result of his time at sea, he qualified to take the exam for Third Mate's License. As a result of having his Merchant Marine's license he obtained a direct commission as an ensign in The U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. In the Coast Guard, Don served as commanding officer of an antisubmarine patrol vessel in early WWII and later as commanding officer of a 125' Coast Guard Cutter in the Pacific. By the time he left active duty, he had served 4 years. He had 2 more years active duty teaching seamanship at the Coast Guard Academy during The Korean War. While in The Coast Guard, Don met and married Margaret Culver Lyon of Laguna Beach. She had spent two years attending school in Switzerland while her family lived in Europe. She shared Don's love of mountains and exploring remote places. After Don left active duty, he worked as an associate in a yacht brokerage firm selling yachts in the San Pedro area. Later he became a yacht insurance agent and managed his own agency. He continued to be active in the Coast Guard Reserve training program, retiring at the rank of Captain in 1976. Don was enthusiastic about showing "city folk" the excitement and joy of camping and exploring remote desert and mountain areas. Together with Margy, they led the St. Peter's Campers for 35 years, often having 50 or more campers on their campouts. Service to be held at St. Peter's By The Sea at 1pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Refreshments to follow. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 10, 2019
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