It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that the family of Don Wackerly announce his unexpected passing on December 13, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Toni R Wackerly, father to Donald Wackerly II, Vanessa(Hackathorn), Melissa Wackerly, Ramona (Boyd), Deborah(Mulford); stepfather to Mark Valentine, Kimberly Knox, and Brett Valentine; Loving grandfather to 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Don enlisted in the Marine Corps in August,1953 and served his country for three years on the naval ship USS Wisconsin. He attended Tulsa University, after his discharge from the Marine Corps. Don was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas where he spent most of his childhood, lived in Oklahoma, Ohio, then to Arizona. He had a love for baseball and college football. He will be remembered fondly by family and friends as a quiet man with a knack for cooking, love for his country and his family. In lieu of flowers, his family is asking for donations to the Arizona Wounded Warrior Project. (www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org). A celebration of his life will be held on January 25, 2020 at 11 am at Messinger Mortuary Home, 7601 E Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. 480-945-9521.
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