Donald Jay Bouwer

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Donald Jay Bouwer
Passed on to glory to be with his Lord and Savior on June 20th, 2017. Don was born April 2nd, 1931 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Jacob and Mabel Bouwer. He moved his family to Bradenton, FL, in 1956. He was employed as a US Postal Carrier and also was owner of Lincoln Arms Mobile Home Park, he formed Ten-8 Fire Equipment Inc. from a spare room at home, and grew it to its current size serving Florida and Georgia with several locations and service centers. In his early years Don was a volunteer member of the Cedar Hammock Fire Department for twenty-five years, and eventually served the department as the Assistant Chief. Don also served on the Board of Fire Commissioners, served as the Manatee County Fire Coordinator, served on the Fire and Emergency Foundation's Board of Trustees, and was a lifetime member of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association.
Don was a servant of the Lord, and was a charter member of the Bradenton Christian Reformed Church where he served as a deacon and elder. He was one of the founders of Bradenton Christian School in 1960, and served many years as a Board Member. Don enjoyed sports. During high school he played baseball, and went on to play semipro ball after graduation. Don enjoyed twenty-three years as an active football referee with FHSAA and accelerated to collegiate level. Don was instrumental in the founding of the local church slow pitch softball program. He also enjoyed golf and watching the Rays. Don served his country in the Army during the Korean War as a cryptographic specialist.
Don is survived by his loving wife of sixty-six years, Marilyn, his children, Douglas (Donna), Dann (Sandy), Dave (Patti), Debra (Dennis), Donald R. (Teri), and Hiep (Kim), eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, his brother, James and sister, Marilyn of Michigan. Don was preceded in death by his son, Dennis and brother, Edward and his great-grandson Dayton. Don was a great friend and mentor to many and will be missed.
Visitation with the family will be from 1-2PM with the Memorial Service to follow at 2:00PM Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the Bradenton Christian Reformed Church, 4208 26th Street West, Bradenton, Florida. The Family will also receive friends after the service in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Guardian Angels, Bradenton Christian School, and Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th St Chapel, 5624 26th St West, Bradenton, FL 34207 is in charge of the arrangements. For condolences please visit
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on June 23, 2017
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