Donald L. Brazones
Donald L. Brazones (August 29, 2013)
Don, was the fourth of seven children of Carl and Mary Brazones of Racine, Wis. He began his working life at the age of 9, selling papers on the street corner and helping the family with the money he earned. After he graduated from high school, he joined the Army Air Corps and served as a navigator on a B-17 bomber with the Eighth Air Force based in England. He flew in the Invasion of Normandy and was later one of two survivors when his plane was shot down over the skies of Germany. He parachuted into the Rhine River and was captured and sent to a POW camp for the remainder of the war. He turned 21 in the POW camp.
After the War, Don attended and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
He married his true love, Lorraine (Joyce), and together for the next 62 years they raised their family, Martha (Tom) MacArthur currently residing in Mackinaw City, Mich., Dr. Margaret "Peggy" (Dr. Howard Beck) Brazones of Petoskey, Mich., John (Jill) Brazones of Roscoe, Ill., and James "Jim" Brazones, of Manitowoc, Wis.
Don was the loving grandfather of eight grandchildren of whom he felt great pride and joy: Tim MacArthur of Santa Monica, Calif., Steve MacArthur of Indianapolis, Ind., Danny Beck of Missoula, Mont., Dr. Sarah Beck of Ann Arbor, Mich., Laura Beck of New York City, N.Y., Joe Beck of Ann Arbor, Mich., Mark Brazones of Cotton Port, La., and Mary Brazones, of Chicago, Ill.
Don is also survived by his brother, Gerald Brazones, of Sioux Falls, S.D., along with many nieces and nephews who have a special place in their hearts and memories of their time spent with Don.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Marie Benner, Evelyn Foster and Sally Knapp; as well as two brothers, Carl Brazones and Richard Brazones.
A memorial Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey followed by an interment of the ashes with a U.S. military ceremony at the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Petoskey. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. Francis Xavier Church.
Memorial donations in Don's memory may be directed to Little Traverse Bay Humane Society or Brother Dan's Food Pantry.
Those wishing to share a memory of Don or a condolence with the family are invited to sign the online register book at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.