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Michael John DONOVAN


DONOVAN, Michael John
Feb. 3, 1924 - Feb. 5, 2014

Mike, 90, passed peacefully to the Light on February 5, 2014. He was born February 3, 1924 in New York City to Dennis & Elizabeth Donovan. Mike, also known as Mitch in his younger days, was the eldest of two children and graduated from St. Francis Grammar School, Christian Brothers High School and the Uni- versity of Santa Clara.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who showed great devotion to his faith, family and friends. He was an U.S. Army Air Corp veteran who served in the Pacific during WWII and participated in initial wave assaults on five islands. The majority of his business life was spent in the real estate profession most notably as the manager and co-owner of DRW Realtors. After retiring from real estate he went through deaconate training, was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Sacramento Diocese on June 1, 1985 and spent many years serving All Hallows Parish.

Mike was preceded in death by Anne, his loving wife of 61 years. He is survived by his brother Dennis, sons James (Jennifer Allen) and William (Jane) Donovan, daughters Gloria Donovan, Linda (Mike Wonderly) Donovan, and Joan (Gary) Bonin, as well as six grandchildren; Alicen, Rob (Jeni), and Mike (Shelby) Leggett, Elizabeth and Michael Donovan, Amanda Bonin, great grandson Alexander Leggett, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are welcome for visitation and Rosary Service at W.F. Gormley & Sons (2015 Capitol Ave., Sacramento) on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Services will be held at All Hallows Church (5501 14th Ave., Sacramento) on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:00 am with interment at St. Mary's Cemetery and reception at All Hollows Church to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to Cristo Rey High School, Sacramento or to the All Hallows Church Development Fund.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 10, 2014
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