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Official Obituary of

Donald Gilman Lavertue

January 31, 1943 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Donald Lavertue Obituary

Donald Gilman Lavertue – Obituary

We gather today in loving memory of a man who walked in the light of the Lord, Donald Gilman Lavertue, known affectionately to all as Don. Born on the 31st of January 1943, in the quaint town of Madawaska, Maine, Don was a beacon of joy and laughter. On the 21st of February, 2024, he departed from this earthly realm in the warmth of his home in Orange, California, surrounded by the love of his family, as the good Lord called him home.

Don's journey began in the serene landscapes of Maine, where he spent his youthful days before moving to Connecticut, a place where he found love and purpose. It was there he met his first wife, Alexandria Duprey, and together they moved to California, shared a life filled with devotion and happiness for over 45 years until her untimely passing in 2008. His heart, vast as the ocean, found room to love again, and he was blessed with the companionship of Teodora “Dorie” Gumera Lavertue, his beloved wife for 11 years.

In his professional life, Don served diligently as a service manager at SNK America, dedicating over 43 years to his craft with a steadfast hand and a compassionate heart. He was a pillar of strength to his colleagues, a mentor to many, and a friend to all.

Don was a man of deep faith, a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus who lived his beliefs with every breath he took. His love for the Lord was evident in his daily actions and his commitment to his family and community. As it is written, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13). Don lived by these words, and his strength and resilience were a testament to his faith.

A true Renaissance man, Don embraced life's joys with both hands. His passions were as diverse as the talents he possessed. A Harley Davidson enthusiast, an avid fisherman, a sharpshooter, and a master craftsman in his workshop, Don could bring to life the deepest imaginations of wood and metal. His creativity knew no bounds, and he was always ready with a solution, a story, or a joke to lighten the hearts of those around him.

But it was not just his skills that defined him; it was his spirit. Don was the embodiment of generosity, always extending a helping hand, a hearty laugh, and a heartwarming smile. He was the kind of man who would spend a perfect day with a fishing rod in one hand and a cold beer in the other, reveling in the simple pleasures and the company of his loved ones.

Don leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter, survived by his cherished wife Teodora “Dorie”; his son David and his wife Kara Lavertue; his daughters Mary Beth and her husband Mark Vigeant, Suzanne Calvin-Yim and her wife Quinn Yim; his grandchildren Matthew, Daniel, Zachary, Shelby, Autumn, Skye, and Rain; his sisters Bertha, Joan, and Teresa; and his brothers Claude, Bert, and Leo. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Alexandria Lavertue and his brother, Wilmer Lavertue whose memory he held dear to his heart.

In the tapestry of life, each thread Don wove was one of kindness, humor, and selflessness. His memory will live on in the stories told, the projects completed, and the lives he touched. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary soul, let us carry forward the light he shone so brightly. In our hearts, he will forever remain a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend—a man who truly lived a life in service to others and to the glory of God. Amen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in to Don's favorite charity "Carolyns Place"  pregnancy care center:








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March 5, 2024

4:00 PM
Ferrara Colonial Mortuary
351 N. Hewes Street
Orange, CA 92869

Recitation of the Rosary
March 5, 2024

7:00 PM
Ferrara Colonial Mortuary (Hewes Street)

Funeral Mass
March 6, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Norbert Catholic Church
300 E. Taft Avenue
Orange, CA 92865

Graveside Service
March 6, 2024

11:30 AM
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
7845 Santiago Canyon Rd.,
Orange, CA 92869

Gathering of Family and Friends Reception
March 6, 2024

12:15 PM
The Villa by Villa
510 E. Katella Ave
Orange, CA 92867


Carolyn's Place
137 Grandview Ave., Waterbury CT
Tel: 1-203-597-9050


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