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October 10, 2012

Donald Earl Hall

TRAVERSE CITY — Donald Earl Hall, 74, of Traverse City, died Sunday night, Oct. 7, 2012, at home in peace surrounded by his family. Son of Harold and Dorothy Hall, Don was born on Sept. 15, 1938, in Wyandotte.

After 40 years in the down river area, Don relocated his family to Traverse City, a town he loved so much.

Papa Don loved his family deeply, his friends greatly and life fully. He was a sharp, witty and charming man.

Big Don was an accomplished athlete. He excelled in many sports, including baseball, basketball, billiards and cards. After the move to Traverse City he grew into an avid golfer, playing and winning many golf tournaments and pro.ams (because his handicap was just right! LOL).

When he wasn't playing or watching sports he enjoyed gardening, being outdoors and taking long drives. Don absolutely enjoyed Facebook.

He enjoyed his work (he considered his co-workers his close friends), only retiring two months ago.

Donald is survived by daughters, Kim Hall and Kelley Hall-Barr (John); son, Kevin Hall; and grandchildren, Coral Hall-Grayson, Ian VanDam, Tatum VanDam, Johnny Barr, Anneli Barr and Emmaline Barr. He is also survived by his mother, Dorothy Hall; brothers, Mel Hall (Auntie Dru) and Chuck Hall; and sister, Gail Malenfant (Bob).

Don had been a member of Knights of Columbus. He served on the Board of Governors at the Grand Traverse Resort and was a member of the Elks Lodge 323 - he loved his stag nights.

Don will be missed.

Friends may call at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., where the Hall family will receive friends. An Elk memorial service in Don's honor will be held at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Gregory McCallum will serve as the celebrant.

In remembrance of Don, memorials may be directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home or church.

Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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