Donald Allen Frisbee

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It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the death of our beloved Donald Allen Frisbee on February 26, 2019, with his family and caregivers at his bedside. He was born on March 4, 1931, to Allena Martin Frisbee and Richard A. Frisbee in Winters, California. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty, and daughters Valerie Smith (Jim), Robyn Fleming (Jim) and Maryann Frisbee (Billy Adams) and grandchildren Brian Thomas, Lori Thomas Russell (Phil), Daniel Smith (Erin Vander Schaaf), Jesse Cormier-Adams (Amanda) and Donald Adams (Thalia Hernandez). Sharing in grief are great-grandsons Joshua and Caleb Russell, and Graham Smith, as well as sisters Laura Layne (Jack Bassett) and Barbara Rumble (William), their children and grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Deborah Thomas Anderson. Don’s life was marked by an extraordinary commitment to service—to both his country and his community. After graduating from Stanford University in 1952, he joined the Airforce. After a two-year tour, he returned to Winters and began working at his parents’, “Frisbee Motor Company,” (a Plymouth, DeSoto, and Dodge truck dealership) only to be recalled to active duty again in 1962. He was initially stationed at Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA, but went on to serve in Saigon, South Vietnam; Darmstadt, Germany; London, England; Dayton, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and finally, in Sacramento, CA. Don retired from the Airforce at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1981 and spent the next 15 years working in the defense industry; he went on to assist in the development of software used in the B-2 bomber. Upon his final retirement, Don and Betty returned to Winters, C.A where Don continued to be involved in the community. Before his time in the military, Don had been a volunteer firefighter and was a founding member of the Rotary Club. He went on to become a member of the Winters Chamber of Commerce, a member of the school board, and he belonged to the Mariner’s Club of the Presbyterian Church. Don was an active member of the Rotary Club until recently and attended the club’s events whenever he was able. Don was an avid water skier who was known to begin his season on Washington’s birthday (yes, in February!). Don also loved to entertain, and their friends and family will sorely miss he and Betty’s “New Moon” dinner parties. A private, military graveside service will be held in Winters on March 15. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 16 beginning at 11:30 am at the Winters Community Center. Please contact Jesse Cormier-Adams at 530-601-6764 to RSVP. Instead of flowers, please make donations to the Winters Rotary Club Scholarship Fund or the American Cancer Society.]]>

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