PLACE Donald Albert
passed away on January 31, 2018. Don was born in Syracuse, New York on February 6, 1931 to George and Mary Place. Donald is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Graves Place, son Derek Place, daughters Elizabeth (Carlos) Merriweather, and Jennifer Place (David Knaggs), four grandchildren, Brenton Place, Sarah Sutterfield, Robert Jamieson, Kaylin Place, great grandchildren Camden Place and Charlotte Sutterfield. Brother to George Place and Lola Mumbulo, and many nieces and nephews.
Don lived in the Clarkston community since 1968 and worked as an educator in the Special Education Department of Oakland Intermediate School District for 30 years. Don was very involved in the Clarkston community, always a willing volunteer. Don was the founder of the Clarkston SCAMP Summer program with Clarkston Special Education Director Bob Brumback and Civitan Jack Hunt. He also was a founding member of Light House North, served as president of several organizations including the North Oakland Civitans, Clarkston JayCees, Project Wild, and Detroit Metro Unit of Airstream International as well as educational organizations. Don attended the Waypoint Free Methodist Church. Over the years, he went on mission trips to help build churches in Chili and Kentucky. He and his wife, Carolyn traveled throughout the United States with their Airstream trailer with the highlight of rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. They also had more grand adventures, cruising the Panama Canal. Don and Carolyn wintered the last few years at Traveler’s Rest in Florida. Don was a wood carver and a musician. He made many beautiful ducks and wooden toys in his workshop. Don also had a love of music since he played in his high school band. He was still playing the saxophone into his 80s with the Traveler’s Rest band and the Independence Township Senior Center band. Don was a giver all his life and a loving husband, father and grandpa. He was a Christian believer and is home with the Lord.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at Coats Funeral Home, 8909 Dixie Highway, Clarkston (north of I-75).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donald Place’s name may be made to Clarkston Independence District Library or Waypoint Church.
Mike & Cathy Artley
We are so very sorry for your loss Carolyn. Don was an amazing man. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
So sorry you have lost Don, Carolyn. We were all happy participanrs in the Travelers' Rest Band. Don was a gentle guy. I am happy to have known him. Sincere condolences to you in your loss, Carolyn.
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. It does not seem possible that I have been gone from the Clarkston Community for 21 years and I have so many fond memories of you and Don.
I pray that you can find peace as you face this difficult time.
Ken & Margie Dykstra
Carolyn....so sorry to learn of Don's passing. We always really had good times with you and Don on our ''annual'' visits. We so appreciate the efforts you and Don invested in Hope! You made her into a extremely outstanding service dog. Praying for you in this time of adjustment, but take comfort in the Bible statement, "Absent from the body, present with the Lord".
We'll be in touch
Ken & Margie
Carolyn & family, sorry to learn of Don's death. It's been many years since being neighbors on "Oakdale", but I still have great memories of those days. Peace be with you. Dick Root, Cadillac, Mich.
Barbara & Mike McBride
Blessings to you and your family. Both you and Don made a lasting memory for all us old-timers at TR. Hoping you remember us as "backyard neighbors" when we lived on lot 11-16 in the cabana section.
Sincerely, Barb and Mike
Bob & Sallie Franks
Dear Carolyn, so sorry to hear of Dons passing to the next chapter in his book of life! Don wore many hats in his life. We so enjoyed the many concerts we attended at school or in church. You both worked to help find the cure for cancer making us very close daily. He loved playing his saxophone and singing which he was so good at. Carolyn may your heart rest at peace knowing you went far and beyond keeping Don first in needs showing your unwavering love for each other. Peace be with you.
May your Angels surround you and help...through this difficult time.Sending our love and strength at this time of need dear friend.
Carolyn and family, So very sorry for your loss.
Walt Betty Gilson
Carolyn you are in our prayers. Even though Don is in a better place I know you will miss him. Love to you & yor family. Your friends at TR. Betty & Walt Gilson
Vic and Sally Kubani
Carolyn, Our sincere condolences to you on Don’s passing. You and Don were such good partners. It is so interesting to think about how our lives have interwoven over the years and how we have been made better by knowing you and Dan.
So sorry for your loss Aunt Carolyn and family. Uncle Don was a great man and loved God. He will be missed. Peace and comfort to you, in Jesus name I pray, amen. I love and miss you Aunt Carolyn. So sorry I can't be there. Love Diane
Condolences are extended to former First Lady, Carolyn Place. On January 31, 2018, her husband, Don Place passed away. Don and Carolyn were former members of our unit and Don served as Unit President in 1998.