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Donald Michael Barovic

October 11, 1927 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 94)

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October 11, 1927 - November 12, 2021
Federal Way, Washington - Donald M. Barovic Obituary
Born to Mike Barovic and Andrea (Constanti) Barovic in Puyallup, WA on October 11, 1927, Donald M. Barovic passed in peace at 94 yrs old on Nov.12th, 2021. Donald, or Don as most knew him, graduated Puyallup High School in 1945 although he was part of the 45, 46, 47 classes reunions and loved attending the annual class Alumni events. After high school Don attended Seattle University. In his youth, Don was part of the Puyallup Sea Scouts program and helped 'watch the skies' during and after the war as a young scout. He did small mechanic type jobs before he was old enough to work and spent many days with family at the beach and the family cabin at Silver Springs bought in 1933 as part of the post-depression CCC program. Don was one of the original stockholders of Crystal Mountain Resort and was part of the Crystal Ski Team and Seattle U Ski Jump Team. Always active in the community Don was a member of the Slavonian American Benevolent Society, VFW Hall in Puyallup, Eagles Hall in Puyallup (44+ yrs), The Elks Life membership (72 yrs), Tacoma Sportsman's Sustained Life member, Propeller club, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612, UofW Presidents Club, and numerous preservations entities such as Western Wildlife Foundation and Ducks Unlimited. Don cared about nature very much having lived/farmed on the Hylebos Creek, he made sure it was always clean, and had it stocked annually so fish runs would continue. For recreation, Don was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Linden Golf Club. His early working life was spent in the movie theater business working the properties his father and father-in-law built and operated. Later he would help restore the Liberty theatre back to life and bring many years of memories of wonderful events for the community such as weddings, super bowl events, and other private functions. He now leaves this legacy to the community in the Liberty's original theater venue and the Sumner ManeStage theater group. Don also worked at Boeing for 10 yrs. as a program manager developing ways to manage production more safely and productively. Following Boeing and the 71 recession, he created his own business: Concrete Pacific Sawing and Drilling. Over 15 yrs. he grew his business to 35 employees and 35 trucks performing major concrete jobs all over the state, one of which was Grand Coulee Dams pipe cutting and drilling. Following that, Don worked in the insurance business as public relations and sales for American Income Life focused exclusively on unions. He was awarded top sales person in the company 2 yrs. in a row. Donald is survived by 2 sisters: Beverly Foley (Barovic) - 90, Marie Rosenberg (Barovic) - 99, and one deceased sister, Katherine Barovic, who died shortly after birth. He has 3 living children: Kim Barovic, Melissa Hollenbeck, Bevin Schell, and one deceased daughter Virginia Lee, along with 5 grandchildren. Due to the Covid19 pandemic a small family celebration is all that is planned. Please Donate to any conservation program in his honor or plant a tree. Donald, and his father Mike Barovic, cared very much for the natural life of our lands and that would honor them to donate to one of those types of charities. Don "easy going Don" will be greatly missed by all.

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