Donald Sawyer
- Air Force

Burlington - DONALD G. SAWYER, 78, of Burlington, died Thursday night, July 26, 2018 at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home in Burlington surrounded by family.

He was born October 7, 1939 in Hanover, NH; the son of George and Dorothy (Erskine) Sawyer. Donald was raised in Randolph and graduated from Randolph Union High School in 1956. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957-1962, and was married to Theresa Jarvis in Randolph on January 9, 1965. They made Burlington their home in 1970. He worked for General Electric, Martin Marietta and General Dynamics and after retiring was a courier for Pharmalogic in Williston. Donald was a member of the VFW, Elks, Eagles and St. John's Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, helping his fellow veterans, and sharing drinks and laughs with friends and family.

Survivors include his daughters Monique DeSarno and husband Michael of Essex Junction, and Felecia Rock and husband Shaun of Milton; sisters Carissa Smith and husband Donny of Randolph Center, and W. Sue Morgan and husband David of Florida; grandchildren Cody, Casey and Samantha Rock and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his wife in 2002.

Dad/Papa- your life was one of charisma and patience. You built a compassionate moral code over the years, taking it wherever you went. There truly was "no man left behind". You perfected the art of working hard, kicking back, and one-liners for a good laugh (Hah!-Hah!-Hah!). You could have been a friend to anyone in the world, but we were lucky enough to have you. Our hearts bleed for your departure, but rest easy, your legacy will forever shape our lives. Grateful to be your pride and joy- Love, your family.

Graveside Services with military honors will be held at 10:30am Friday, August 3rd at Pleasant View Cemetery in Randolph, with Pastor Thomas Harty, officiating. There are no calling hours. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Polysystic Kidney Foundation or Disabled American Veterans. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 29, 2018


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