Donald “Don” Edward Fitzgerald
Donald “Don” Edward Fitzgerald, age 85, of Branson West, Missouri, passed away July 9, 2019. Don was born in Glenwood, Arkansas, to Margaret Isabelle (Callaway) Fitzgerald and Andrew Allison Fitzgerald on December 1, 1933. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Don proudly served our country in the U.S. Army and also served as a member of the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles,” Captain of Army Reserves, and member of the Reserve Officers Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business and Education from Murray State University. He was a Golden Gloves Champion of the Mid-South in the lightweight division. Don was past President of the Memphis Motor Carriers Association, Vice President of Navajo Freight Lines, a Mason, and donor of more than forty gallons of blood to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. No matter what he encountered, he gave his best and whole heart to his work and family. He loved relaxing on the lake, boating, gardening, farming, climbing in the mountains, and exploring. Don was energetic, athletic, focused, and caring. Leaving a lasting legacy, memories of Don will be treasured.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Carolyn “Fay” Fitzgerald; and a sister, Patricia Ann Fitzgerald Terry.
Don is survived by son, Dan (Jeanette) Fitzgerald of Branson West, Missouri; son, Donny Fitzgerald of Branson West, Missouri; daughter, Dianna (Don) Taylor of Branson West, Missouri; son, Dean (Laura) Fitzgerald of Millington, Tennessee; grandchildren: Erica Beaver, Natalie Shive, Michael (Nina) Fitzgerald, Heather (Shauna) Fitzgerald, Dawn (Ernie) Draffin, Darla (Nathan) Howe, Dustin (Hannah) Taylor, Justin (Christa) Fitzgerald, Drew Fitzgerald, Dalton Fitzgerald, and Dillon Fitzgerald; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A private gathering to celebrate Don’s life will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital https://www.stjude.org/. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.