Carl Craig Di Donato, 76, passed away on August 28, 2021, in Clearwater, Florida. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edith T. Di Donato and Peter A. Di Donato of Dunedin. Survived by his daughter, Casey L. Vance (Dwain) and grandson Westley Di Donato of Palm Harbor; ex-wife Connie Di Donato of St. Joseph, MI; brother Peter T. Di Donato (Linda) of Naples; aunts Eleanor Vincitore of Spring Hill and Gloria Zielinski of Clearwater along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Upon graduation from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development for the city of Chicago under the Daley, Bilandic, Byrne and Washington mayoral administrations. After leaving the city he developed residential and commercial real estate projects in Michigan and Illinois.
Carl enjoyed woodworking and watching his daughter ride her horse in jumping competitions across the state. A family memorial is planned in late November.
Published by Chicago Tribune from Sep. 16 to Sep. 17, 2021.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Carl was one of my first bosses when I got out of college and went to work for the Chicago Economic Development Commission. As a team we reorganized into a full cabinet Department of Economic Development and worked on numerous important projects and "adventures". Carl was a great guy and quiet boss who led by inspiration not intimidation... he helped launch my long career in City Planning and Community Development and for that I will always be grateful... condolences to his family... he was a real good man and professional...
September 17, 2021
So sorry to hear of Butch's passing. Had many wonderful adventures as a fellow aeronaut.
Chas and Kathy Zehner
September 16, 2021
Pete, Linda and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about "Butch's" passing. Our condolences to the family. May the great memories give you comfort.
Char and Tom