Donald T. Jaber
December 27, 2018 Donald Thomas Jaber (Don, Donny or Midnight to his many
friends) completed his amazing life at Hospice Home of Hope. He was a loving
husband, father, and grandparent who cared deeply for his family and worked
hard to provide a home where EVERYONE was welcome!
born in Fond du Lac on December 27, 1933 and was one of the most well-known
people in Fond du Lac. Don was the face of Service Motors Ford in Fond du Lac
for almost 50 years. His love for connecting with people was evident by the
successes he had as a sales person and the generational clientele that he
accrued over the years. He was the recipient of several Ford Motor Company
national sales awards as one of the top Ford sales people in the country.
In his early years,
Donny was an incredible athlete in high school where he was a multi-letter
award winner in football and baseball. He continued with his baseball career,
post high school, with the Fond du Lac Panthers, a minor league team based in
Fond du Lac. After the Panthers final season in the summer of 1953, Donny
signed with the Milwaukee Braves farm system where he played in Quebec, Eau
Claire, and Jacksonville. He decided to walk away from baseball in 1957 and he
then took those talents to the softball diamond where he played in front of a
packed Kielser Field at Lakeside Park for talented teams like Schlitz of Fondy,
Samantha’s, Fondy Station, and St. Peter Lanes just to name a few. He was a
power hitting pitcher and traveled to several national tournaments throughout
his career. He played into his 50’s and then finally hung up the cleats when
his body told him to do so.
Donny was also an
avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing throughout his life. He was
always ready to tell a good story about his experiences and was happy to give
away his catches because he knew there would be plenty more on the way.
Don was preceded
in death by his mother, Marina; father, George; wife, Colleen (2010); his
daughter, Kathy (1988); and his brother, Eugene (2008). He is survived by his
daughter, Sue Jaber; sons, Dan (Juli) Jaber and Michael (Heidi) Jaber; as well
as grandchildren, Carson (Calyse), Dani (Tony), Amani, and Grayson. Don also
had two great grandchildren, Carson and Lincoln.
There will be a
visitation for Donny from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 3, 2018 at
Uecker-Witt Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held immediately following
the visitation on Thursday at 6:00 PM.
In lieu of
flowers, the Jaber’s have requested that you donate in Don’s name to Hospice
Home of Hope, 400 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.
Guestbook and tribute wall may
be found by visiting ueckerwitt.com