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Donald H. Echtermeyer

August 30, 1932 ~ April 19, 2022 (age 89)

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Obituary


Donald (Don) Echtermeyer, age 89, a devoted & fun-loving husband, father and friend passed away peacefully at his home in Centennial, Colorado on April 19, 2022.  He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Patricia (Pat) and his parents Herbert and Melania Echtermeyer.  He is survived by his daughter Theresa Echtermeyer and her husband, Conor McGahey of Littleton, his son John Echtermeyer of Centennial and his daughter Melissa Dundas and her husband Chris of Denver.
Don was born on August 30, 1932 in Omaha, NE, the oldest of his three siblings, Jim, Janet and Andrea.  After attending Catholic Seminary and graduating high school, he attended the US Naval Training Center in San Diego and served 4 years of active duty in the Korean War, retiring from the Navy as a BT1 (Boiler Technician First Class Petty Officer).
After his service in the Navy, he briefly lived in New York and worked at the St. Regis Hotel in maintenance ranging in work from electrical to plumbing.  Throughout his lifetime Dad was a builder and a fixer, doing home additions and remodels for his family and friends.
Don returned to Omaha for college and completed a business degree at the University of Omaha.  He met his wife Pat, a nursing student, on a night out on the town; they danced, dated and married.  
After marrying, the couple moved from Omaha to Kansas City to begin Don's banking career and have their first child, Theresa.  They moved to Denver for a job with Central Bank of Denver where he became a Senior Vice President in charge of correspondent banking.  They had two more children, John and Melissa before moving to the Littleton area where they lived permanently.
Littleton, where he called home for over 40 years, is where Don grew deep roots into his neighborhood, church, theater, golf and business communities.  As a member of St Mary's of Littleton Parish, Don loved singing in the choir for several years and created close friendships.  Don was a life-long thespian with talent in acting, singing and even a few dance moves.  He was one of the founders and Board members of the Town Hall Arts Center in downtown Littleton and held amateur and professional roles in many local theatrical / musical productions.
After retiring from his banking career as the President of the People's Bank of Aurora, Don combined his proficiency in construction and love of the theater to work as a set-designer/builder for the Town Hall Arts Center.  His final retirement job was at the South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial, combining his passions for golf and playing cards with the guys.
Don had been an active member of the Rotary Club of Aurora Chapter, a board member of Lakewood Country Club and a mental health advocate and supporter of the Arapahoe / Douglas Mental Health Network.  He was a generous and supportive friend, neighbor and business leader. 
Don loved music, playing cards, was an avid golfer and a die-hard Denver Broncos fan.  He was a reader, a current events politico and a lover of the English lexicon.  He was an active resident at Someren Glen Senior Living Community and had a mutual love for the residents and team members.  Amongst his many loves, the greatest were his family, colleagues and friends.  He is dearly loved, and missed. 

Recitation of Rosary will be held on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 5:30 PM at Drinkwine Family Chapel. Funeral Liturgy 10:30 AM, Tuesday May 3, 2022 at Drinkwine Chapel with reception to follow. Committal will take place at 1:30 PM at Ft. Logan National Cemetery with full military honors.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Arapahoe/Douglas Counties, CO www.nami.org or to the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center - www.townhallartscenter.org in Don's name and memory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Services

Recitation of the Rosary
Monday
May 2, 2022

5:30 PM
Drinkwine Family Mortuary
999 West Littleton Boulevard
Littleton, CO 80120

Memorial Mass
Tuesday
May 3, 2022

10:30 AM
Drinkwine Family Chapel (Littleton Blvd, Littleton)

Committal Service with Military Honors
Tuesday
May 3, 2022

1:30 PM
Ft. Logan National Cemetery - Staging Area "B"
3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80236

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