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Donald Paul Kilinski

July 22, 1935 — April 22, 2024

Sun Lakes, Arizona

Donald Paul Kilinski, aged 88, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 22, 2024, after bravely battling cancer. He was born on July 22, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, to Pete and Laura Kilinski. Donald's life was a testament to resilience, love, and adventure.
 
After completing his education at DeVry Technical Institute, Donald embarked on a successful career in the medical imaging industry. He also served his country with honor during the Korean conflict as a Marine, demonstrating unwavering courage and commitment.
 
In matters of the heart, Donald's life was rich with meaningful connections. He was married to Brooke O'Malley at the time of his passing, having previously been married to Rosemary Burnett and Rosemary Kilinski. Donald approached each relationship with dedication and care, cherishing the bonds he formed throughout his life.
 
One of Donald's greatest passions was his love for classic cars, particularly his enthusiasm for classic Corvettes and other vintage automobiles. His eyes would light up at the sight of a sleek design or the rumble of a powerful engine. Donald's knowledge of cars was encyclopedic, and he shared his passion as an active member of the Over The Hill Gang car club in Durango, Colorado, forging lasting friendships with fellow enthusiasts.
 
Donald's warm personality and sociable nature endeared him to all who knew him. He was known for his kindness and generosity, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of those he encountered.
 
Donald was predeceased by his sister Shirley, as well as his wives Rosemary Velcich and Rosemary Burnett. He is survived by his devoted wife Brooke, his sister Nancy, and his loving children Jeff, Keith, and Susan. Additionally, he is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, who will cherish his memory and carry on his legacy of love and joy.
 
Donald is also survived by his son-in-law Darren Wirgler, who shared his love for classic cars and attended numerous car shows with him. Their shared passion created cherished memories that will be forever treasured.
 
A memorial service to celebrate Donald's life will be held at Greenmount Cemetery on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 10:00 am in Durango, Colorado. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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A memorial service to celebrate Donald's life will be held at Greenmount Cemetery on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 10:00 am in Durango, Colorado.

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