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Donald C. MARSH

September 16, 1929 - June 12, 2017

Obituary


Donald Crawford Marsh Sr., 88, Port St. Lucie, FL

Donald was born in Manchester, CT on September 16, 1929 and died on June 12, 2017 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was the son of the late Walter Marsh and Edna Crawford.
In 1947, Donald left High School, enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed on the U.S.S. Estes. The Estes was a communications command ship that was located in Tsingtao, China and served as the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet. It was at this time, during his service on...

Donald Crawford Marsh Sr., 88, Port St. Lucie, FL

Donald was born in Manchester, CT on September 16, 1929 and died on June 12, 2017 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was the son of the late Walter Marsh and Edna Crawford.
In 1947, Donald left High School, enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed on the U.S.S. Estes. The Estes was a communications command ship that was located in Tsingtao, China and served as the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet. It was at this time, during his service on the Estes, the Chinese Army, along with Mao Zedong, overthrew Chaign Kai-shek.
In 1947, Donald married his high school sweetheart, Doris Copeland. He and Doris had been friends since the third grade, where they attended a three-room schoolhouse together, in Manchester. In a community full of family and friends, Donald and Doris lived and raised two sons in Manchester. Donald was an active member of the community and often served working on social and civic projects.
After leaving the Navy, In 1951, Donald began working for Allen Manufacturing where he became a tool and die maker. He went on to work for Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT, Hamilton Standard and finally, Combustion Engineering in Windsor, CT, producers of nuclear fuel used in the first U. S. Navy Nuclear Submarines.
In 1968, Donald started work at the U.S. Postal Service in Manchester, CT. It was there that he found life long friends and good memories. It seemed as if there was never a shortage of wonderful, often humorous and sometimes, touching stories about the families on his Mail Route.
Don and Doris owned several boats throughout their years together. As Captain and First Mate, they travelled up and down the coasts of New England, spending many summers in the waters off Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Cuttyhunk, MA, as well as, Montauk and Orient Point, NY. At a time where it seemed they could still be explorers - Donald and Doris discovered and shared these incredibly beautiful and special places.
In 1963 Donald became a member of the U.S. Power Squadron and over the years served as an instructor and finally a Commander JN. He stayed on as an active member and contributed in many ways, including writing for the newsletter and teaching classes to adults and children about boating and water safety.
In 1989 he retired from the Post Office and relocated to Port Saint Lucie Florida, where he and Doris built a home. In 1991, Don received his Charter Boat Captain's License from the U.S. Coast Guard. Donald put his new license right to work and began, as Captain, (with wife Doris acting as 'first mate") navigating private yachts from Florida to New Jersey during the summer and then south again in the Fall.
In January 2017, Donald and Doris were joined with family and friends as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, dockside at Sailor's Retreat restaurant in Stuart, FL.
Donald was preceded in death by his son David, his sister Bernice (Bunny) and sister Dorthia (Billy). Survivors include his wife Doris and son Donald Jr.. He will also be remembered by his grandchildren Dorria, Danielle, and Donald-Charles and his great grandchildren Alexander, Maxwell and Zoe Elisabeth and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
At Donald's request there will be no funeral or interment services. Donald asked that those who wish to do so contribute in his memory to Treasure Coast Hospice
https://www.tchospice.org/ways-to-give/donate/
To mail a donation:
Treasure Coast Hospice
1201 SE Indian Street
Stuart, FL 34997