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Dr. Donald George Blanchard, Jr., 80, of Beaufort, S. C., passed away following several years of failing health.

A memorial service will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the Parish Church of St. Helena with the Rev. Simonis officiating. Burial will follow with Navy Honors in the Church Cemetery followed by a reception at the Church.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 16, 1937, Donald graduated from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio and from Western Reserve Dental School in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as a dentist in the U. S. Navy (Commander) for 26 years.

Donald enjoyed travelling, sailing, water sports, marathons and triathlons, photography, golf and gardening. In 2011 he placed first in his age category in the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series.

He is survived by: wife, Louise Capozzi Blanchard; son, Donald George Blanchard III (Cristiana); daughter, Suzanne Blanchard (Guido); three grandchildren, Samantha, Don IV, Rebecca; brother, Charles Blanchard; step-daughter, Melissa duMouchel (Mike), and step-son, J. Donovan (Amelia).

A special thanks goes out to all of Donald’s kind caregivers.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association:

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  1. Sam and Marianne Baez says:

    Don and his family retained our friendship since 1966. We first met at the Navy Radio Station, Fort Allen, PR. Our lives will not be the same without him and we gained much from being with him (he taught me to golf) and we had many conversations and visited when time and miles made It possible and our homes in SC and CT. I, Sam always admired his many skills and both Marianne and I felt badly whenever we heard from Dottie that he was continuing to suffer. He has given the world much to be grateful for – a gift in life (his spirit continues as we remember his many talents, his laughter, his inclusion of all – his love for the Marines and all he served, military or otherwise. May you, his family who are in a sense part of our family – Louise, Dottie, Donald III, Suzanne and other members of his extended family, know that we care and extend our love and ask for strength and grace from God at this time and in the future. God was with Don from the beginning and Don shared what God had given him with others from the beginning – so I know that Don was with God always. LOVE FROM SAM AND MARIANNE BAEZ

  2. Patricia Cameron says:

    My brother John Keller called and told me your husband had passed.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    It seems like yesterday on one of my many visits to see my brother that I met you. I was going to your Yogi classes and we became friends. Time passes quickly and I look forward to seeing you on my next trip south.
    God Bless,
    Patti Keller Cameron
    Brownstown, Michigan

  3. Anke and Cor Hoekman says:

    We first met Don and Louise, when we made a trip in the U.S. in 2007. We arrived in Beaufort and had a warm welcome. Don was very proud of their house and boat. He showed us the surroundings, the golf course and drove us to Savannah. We will never forget these days. Please accept our sympathies with the passing away of Don and we wish all the family the strength in these days and the future by missing Don.

    Anke and Cor Hoekman (parents of Guido)
    The Netherlands

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