MONTPELIER - Donald Spooner Roberts, 92, formerly of College Street and more recently of Heaton Woods, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
Born Dec. 1, 1920, in Northfield Falls, Vt., he was the son of H. Earl Roberts and Daisy (Spooner) Roberts.
He attended Northfield schools and graduated from Northfield High School in 1939.
He entered military service after high school, serving in the U.S. Army
in the European theater operations in Africa and Italy from July 1942 until his discharge from active duty in November of 1945. He continued his military service for over 22 years, retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve as a chief warrant officer 4.
On May 3, 1947, he married the former Mary Babic, of Montpelier, Vt., in St. Augustine Catholic Church, Montpelier. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage.
Don worked for two years for the state of Vermont and Veterans Administration. He retired after 36 years as an insurance underwriter for the New Hampshire Insurance Co. of America. During his tenure in the insurance industry, he served as president of the Vermont Insurance Fieldsman's Association from 1976 to 1977.
Donald was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Brown-Johnson Post 792; American Legion Post 3; the Trinity United Methodist Church; and a life member of the Montpelier Lodge of Elks 924, being named Elk of the Year in 1993. Don served on the Montpelier City Council for eight years and was elected president for four years; he served 25 years on the Montpelier Housing Authority board; and the Capital City Housing Foundation (CCHF) from 1989 until the time of his death. Heaton Woods was developed under the direction of the CCHF board.
Donald is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Jane Desilets and her husband, Bruce, of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Patricia Pierce and her husband, Robert, of Montpelier, Vt.; his three granddaughters, Karen Desilets, Christine Pierce Pelto and Karlyn Pierce; three grandsons, Robert Desilets, Daniel Desilets and Brett Pierce; and 10 great-grandchildren. He has three nephews, John Crawford, Stephen Crawford and Conrad "Jeffrey" Crawford. He also has several cousins.
Don was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth (Roberts) Crawford, and his brother, Harold E. Roberts.
A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Guare and Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Heaton Woods, 10 Heaton St., Montpelier, VT 05602; or the Vermont Chapter of the
, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or at donations.diabetes.org
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com