Donald Frederick Weisheit, age 92, passed peacefully from natural causes on October 2, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a resident at the Health Care Center of the Beatitudes Campus.
Donald was introduced to Donna Rae McWilliams of Lawndale, California on a blind date that celebrated the New Year of 1953, and six months later Donald and Donna were married in North Redondo Beach on June 13th.
Donald was born in Aurora, Illinois in 1927 to Henry Albert Weisheit, of New York City and Florence Anderson-Weisheit of Chicago, Illinois. With his sister Dorothy the family moved to South Gate, California in 1935 during the Great Depression. In 1945, Donald enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for three years on three destroyers: USS New, USS Dyess and USS Bordelon. After his Honorable Discharge from the Navy, he would soon begin his 35-year career with General Electric in the division of Utility Sales at Los Angeles.
While living in Whittier, California, Donald and Donna raised three children: John Stuart (1954), Joel Wayne (1956) and Lauren Janis (1960). In 1966, Donald accepted a new opportunity from General Electric to work at a branch office in Phoenix, Arizona. The family soon settled into the community of Sunnyslope near North Mountain, and their three children would all graduate from Sunnyslope High School. Donald retired from General Electric in 1988.
For 20-years, beginning in 1996, Donald and Donna lived in Surprise, AZ at the retirement community of Sun City Grand, and during the long months of Arizona summers the couple would migrate to the higher elevations of the Mogollon Rim near Showlow, AZ at a RV community called Venture Inn Resort. In 2016, the couple moved into the assisted living campus at Sun City called Royal Oaks, and then in 2019, the couple moved back to Phoenix to live at the assisted living campus of The Beatitudes.
Donald was a natural athlete and loved the natural world. Family vacations included visits to the Sierra Nevada Range, the high deserts of the Basin and Range, and the deep canyons of the Colorado River and its tributaries. His outdoor activities included hiking, backpacking, fishing, water skiing, whitewater rafting, and touring the USA with a 5th wheel travel trailer in tow. Sporting activities included basketball, hockey, and golf. As a former member of Match Point Tennis Club in Phoenix, he especially excelled at tennis competitions. Donald also became a Senior Olympic pickleball champion for the age group of 80-years and older.
Donald was predeceased by his sister Dorothy Forsyth and her husband Harmon Forsyth, who lived in Cheney, Washington. Donald is survived by his wife and three children (afore-mentioned), his two daughter-in-laws, Chris Hill-Weisheit and Susette DeCoster-Weisheit. Donald is also survived by ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation, Sunday, October 6, 2019, Noon to 2:00 P.M., with Funeral Service following at 2:00 P.M., Hansen Chapel, 8314 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ.Print Obituary & Condolences