Private gathering in celebration of life for Donald “Don” Edward Fitzgerald, 85, of Branson West, Mo., will be held at a later time. Arrangements and cremation were under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

He died July 9, 2019. 

Don was born on Dec. 1, 1933, in Glenwood, Ark., son of Margaret Isabelle Callaway Fitzgerald and Andrew Allison Fitzgerald. 

He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army and, also, served as a member of the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles,” Captain of Army Reserves and was a member of the Reserve Officer’s Association. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in business and education from Murray State University. He was a Golden Glove Champion, of the Mid-South, in the lightweight division. 

He was past President of the Memphis Motor Carriers Association, Vice President of Navajo Freight Lines, a Mason and avid blood donor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He loved relaxing on the lake, boating, gardening, farming, climbing in the mountains and exploring. He is said to have been energetic, athletic, focused and caring.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 63 years, Carolyn “Fay” Fitzgerald and sister, Patricia Ann Fitzgerald Terry.

Survivors include his sons, Dan (Jeanette) Fitzgerald and Donny Fitzgerald, both of Branson West, Mo. and Dean (Laura) Fitzgerald, of Millington, Tenn.; daughter, Dianna (Don) Taylor, of Branson West, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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