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Donald H. Greenfield

1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Donald H. Greenfield March 24, 1929 August 3, 2018 Donald Greenfield passed away at his home in Novato on Friday, August 3rd with his wife, Alison, by his side. He was 89 years old. Don and his sister Ann, were raised in Brooklyn, NY by their parents Phyllis and Henry Greenfield. Don attended Poly Prep where he met his lifelong friend Howard Aibel. Don went on to attend the University of Michigan, graduating in 1951. Don loved watching Michigan Football and would follow the team closely his entire life. "Go Blue!" He later received an MBA from New York University. After college, Don accepted a commission with the U.S. Navy. He served as a Navigator aboard the U.S.S. Shelton during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a Lt. Commander in 1954. Don was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed hiking his entire life, especially with his very good friend Art Laske. He passed his deep love of camping and skiing on to his children who carry on his outdoor family traditions to this day. Don's professional life included time with the Atomic Energy Commission, Electric Boat (PerkinElmer) and Bechtel. He spent 25 years with Bechtel, overseeing construction projects around the world and retiring in 1999 as a Vice President. From 1980 to 1986 Don worked out of Bechtel's London office where he frequently traveled to Asia and the Middle East on various assignments. Don and his first wife, Nancy, had three children, Lisa, Laurel, and Edward. Don and Nancy moved to Marin in 1974 and enjoyed summers camping throughout California and winters skiing in Squaw Valley. In 1980, the family moved to London and enjoyed many years of travel in Europe and beyond. Don loved to be involved with his children's and grandchildren's lives - refereeing soccer games, cheering from the stands and always present to lend an ear and give fatherly advice. Don and Alison married in 2001, and moved to Southwest Colorado, building a home along the Pine River. They enjoyed life in rural Colorado until moving back to Marin in 2006, where Don would live out the remainder of his life. Don enjoyed gardening, walks with Maya (his German Shepherd and close companion), and following his favorite sports teams: Michigan Wolverines, SF 49ers and SF Giants. Don's greatest love in life was his family, and he was fortunate to spend time in the latter years of his life with his children, grandchildren, and sister. Don is survived by his wife Alison, children Lisa, Laurel, and Edward, stepdaughter Nicole, six grandchildren, and his sister Ann. There will be a Memorial Service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael, August 24th at 3:00 pm and a Celebration of Life, September 29th at his daughter's home in Woodside. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donating to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a charity which helps Post 9/11 veterans and their families (bobwoodrufffoundation.org), or Marin Humane Society (marinhumane.org)
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Aug. 12, 2018
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