Donald A. Moravek, a beloved Dad and Grandpa to all who knew him, passed away at the age of 94 on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Williamsburg. He was born in Davenport, Iowa, in 1918, the eldest son of Aloyisius and Thelma Moravek. Growing up in Davenport, Don attended Saint Ambrose Academy and served as a sportswriter for the local newspaper. He spent most of his adult life in Los Angeles where he was employed first by Occidental/Transamerica Life insurance Co. and then for 36 years as an executive of Leisure, Werden, and Terry, a firm that he helped to become Transamerica's largest general agent.
During World War II
, Don was stationed in Kunming, China, where he served in Army
and Air Force Intelligence, providing information to the Flying Tigers and Merrill's Marauders, among others. He married his beloved wife, Muriel, in 1940 and they were married for 63 wonderful years. They retired to Lake San Marcos near San Diego and then moved to Williamsburg in 2002 to be close to family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel; his parents, Aloyisius and Thelma Moravek; and two brothers, Bernard and Richard Moravek.
Don is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Jon Krapfl of Williamsburg; his sister, Elizabeth Finkenhoefer of Davenport; his four grandchildren, Rob Krapfl (Carol) of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kathy Raines (Chris) of Richmond, Scott Krafl (Tracy) of Atlanta, and Christine Koenig (Andrew) of Williamsburg. He also leaves eight loving great-grandchildren and a beloved extended family.
Looking back on his life, Don believed that he was lucky. The truth is that his luck was a result of his integrity, honor, caring for others and so much more. Those who knew him felt that they were the lucky ones.
A celebration of his life will be held at the family home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg VA 23188. Online condolences may be offered at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net.