- - Born in Gary, Indiana on June 20th, 1934, he was the only son of Nick and Alice Traicoff. He moved to Arizona in 1948 and attended Phoenix Union High School for three years, before returning to Gary, where he met Gloria Anne Mietzner, who would become his wife five years later.
He earned both DDS and MD degrees from Indiana University . He served as a captain in the US Army during the Vietnam war after which he practiced medicine in Radiology. After retirement, he became actively involved with the Audubon Society and the Phoenix Macedonian community, and worked weekends building homes with Habitat for Humanity. He was a private pilot, and with his wife and family travelled extensively here and abroad.
Don is survived by his wife Gloria, his sister Elaine, sons Donald Jr. and James, grandchildren Anthony, Cassie, and Nicole, and many nieces, nephews and cousins, both here in America and in Greece.
A viewing will be held at Mariposa Gardens, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ, Friday, July 5 from 6:00 to 8:00PM, with a memorial service on Saturday at 1:00pm.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jul. 3, 2019.