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Saturday, May 5, 2018

NWA Capt. Donald Crawford DeBolt

USAF veteran, NWA  Capt. Donald Crawford DeBolt
January 31, 1939 ~ May 3, 2018
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain Donald Crawford DeBolt, age 79.  Captain DeBolt joined Northwest Airlines 09-13-1965.  He is survived by his wife Mary Lou, their children and grandchildren.
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Obituary.............................Donald Crawford DeBolt, age 79, of Bradenton, Fla., and McGregor, MN, passed away May 3, 2018. Born in East Liverpool, OH, January 31, 1939, he is preceded in death by his parents, friend, Donald DeBolt and Gertrude Belle Crawford. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Lou DeBolt (Main); children, Wendy (Jon) Johnson, Hugo, MN; Jody (Matt) Bourassa, Bangor, ME; and Scott (Sally Ann) DeBolt, Westerville, OH. Loving and proud grandfather to 9 grandchildren, Grant Johnson, Paige (Brandon) Orhn, Blake, Jack and Trey Bourassa, Maggie, Griffin, Charlie, and Caroline DeBolt. After graduating from Otterbein University, Don proudly served in the United States Air Force as a T-33 Instructor Pilot. He joined Northwest Orient Airlines in 1965 and flew all models of their aircraft. He enjoyed his thousands of hours as a 74 Captain the most until his mandatory Age 60 retirement in 1999. He was awarded the Air Medal for his Civil Reserve Air Fleet leadership during Operation Desert Storm. He continued his passion for aviation, flying his private aircraft through January of this year. Don, Mary Lou, and many friends enjoyed countless adventures on the road in their DeLorean. Don loved hosting the entire family at The Cabin each summer. His beach side fireworks, water balloons, hot dog cookouts, and infectious laugh will truly be missed on Big Sandy Lake. You could always count on Don's help when anyone had a problem. Several years ago, he electrified the River Club Christmas with Frosty, who continues to bring joy to the community.
A Celebration of Don's Life will be held in Bradenton, FL and in Minnesota – details at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Don's name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611 or the Big Sandy Lake Association, PO Box 21, McGregor, MN 55760.

Funeral Home:  Brown and Sons , 604 43rd Street West , Bradenton, FL  34209.... (941) 758-7788

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