Don passed away on the early morning of Wednesday, January 3, 2018, due to complications from a stroke suffered four days prior.
Don was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Tietz; father, Evans Hamachek; and mother, Marvis Hamachek.
He is survived by his son, Dan Hamachek, Boulder, CO; sister, Penny (Lou) Behling, Sault Ste. Marie, MI; brother, Bob Hamachek, Chesapeake, VA; and long-time dear friend and companion, Mary Capron, East Lansing, MI.
Don was born on May 6, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; graduated Sault High School in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in 1951.
After two years at Lake Superior State University (from which he later won the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1974), Don hitchhiked (back in the days when it was safe) to Ann Arbor where he earned a B.S. (Psychology), M.S.W. (Psychiatric), and then a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Child Development from the University of Michigan in 1960.
Don was a Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Michigan State University from 1960 until his retirement in 1999. Don wrote several books, including "Encounters with the Self" and "Encounters with Others," which are both still available on Amazon today.
Don was very athletic and loved water sports throughout his life, enjoying swimming, diving, sailing, snorkeling, and especially fishing with his son, Dan, and skiing with his daughter, Debbie, at his cottage at Gun Lake, Michigan. He also enjoyed a multitude of outdoor sports, exercise, and activities with his family, including golf, tennis, volleyball, ping pong, dodge ball, Foosball, badminton, tossing the Frisbee, long hikes in the forest, stargazing in the back yard, sneak attacks and practical jokes on unsuspecting family members, and tickle fights in which his laughter could be heard two miles away.
Don loved animals and wildlife and made many generous donations to the Best Of Friends Humane Society in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Don requested no formal service. At the family's request, memorial contributions may be made to the Best Of Friends Humane Society, 149 E. 7 Mile Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 49783, or any other animal shelter or charity of your choice
Published by The Sault News on Feb. 2, 2018.