Donald D. Oliver, 68, of Lake Bluff, IL passed away peacefully at Lake Forest Hospital May 24, 2018. Born in Lansing, MI October 26, 1949, to Alvin and Jean Oliver, Don spent his formative years in Alexandria, VA. Like his three brothers, Don attained the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 654. At Fort Hunt HS, he lettered in football and baseball and served as Senior Class President. In that capacity, his commencement remarks so impressed a local Congressman that the legislator had them read into the Congressional Record. Following his passion for baseball, Don went on to play at The College of William and Mary where he received his Bachelors Degree and was a member Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Known for his sense of humor, classmates remember him for somehow managing to get his birthday listed in the official college calendar of events. After serving his country as an officer in the United States Army, Don earned his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Virginia. Building a career at Baxter Travenol/Cardinal Health from 1975 until his retirement, Don was fortunate to meet Irene Mucci, a co-worker, whom he married in 1986. Irene was a constant support and advocate during his long struggle with multiple sclerosis and was by his side as he completed his life’s journey. With the exception of four years in California, they made their home in the Chicago area. Capitalizing on his love of baseball, Don was involved for years with the Deerfield Youth Baseball Association coaching at the Bronco, Pony and Colt Travel Team levels as well as volunteering his time as an umpire in the softball program. The family wishes to express their gratitude to all of the wonderful CNAs. Don will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Irene, his father, Alvin Oliver, of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, brothers Dale Oliver (Sarah) of Palm Springs, CA, Richard Oliver (Marlo) of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and James Oliver (Kim) of Atlanta GA, sister in laws Shirley Roubinek (Gary) Delaware, OH, Ginny Minch (Jim) Glenwood Springs, CO, 11 nieces and nephews and 14 great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 Sheridan Rd. on Friday, June 8 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Don’s memory be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, support.mymsaa.org, or to the William and Mary Athletic Educational Foundation, Allocation # 0463, P.O. Box 1693 Williamsburg, VA 23187, giving.wm.edu. Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com