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Donald Lee LaMorticella


Donald Lee LaMorticella

1932 – 2020


Donald Lee LaMorticella, 87, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2020, in Chandler, AZ.  Don was a long-time Chicago area and St. John, IN, resident and moved to Chandler in 2017.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, at Bueler Chandler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Drive, Chandler, AZ 85225.

Rosary prayer is Monday, January 27, from 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes, AZ.

Burial with military honors will be at 2 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, on Monday.  Announcement for memorial services near Chicago will be forthcoming.

Don was born on October 28, 1932, to Roman and Olga LaMorticella. He grew up surrounded by loving parents, uncles, aunts and cousins in Chicago Heights, IL.

He graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he ran cross country, played violin and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.  He graduated from Bloom Township High School in 1950.  Don achieved rank of Eagle Scout in high school then later served as Scout Master sharing his love of the outdoors and adventure with his son.

He was a proud Navy Veteran and entered service as an Officer on the USS Montrose (APA-212) from 1954-1956 and retired from service in 1963.  Don retired from IBM during the 1980’s and was successful selling the first electronic typewriters.

Don is preceded in death by parents and is survived by Francine LaMorticella, ex-spouse; Sherry LaMorticella, daughter; Mark LaMorticella, son; Mark LaMorticella, Jr., grandson; Andrea Gutierrez, daughter-in-law; and Patricia Venturelli and extended family, whom he loved.

Don embraced his Italian heritage and love of life through family, friends,

food, music and adventure. Those who met Don won’t forget his infectious charm, easy-going, kind-natured personality with a passion for: photography, playing violin, horseback riding, camping, traveling, loving his pets and cheering for the Chicago Bears. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Don will be fondly remembered and missed.

Don was diagnosed with esophagus cancer and passed shortly thereafter.


  • Dan Frachey Posted January 22, 2020 2:22 PM

    Dear friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences. My experience with Don was as Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop No. 123 in Crete, Illinois. To paraphrase something Maya Angelou said, “People may not remember what you said to them but they’ll sure remember how they felt when they were with you.” My remembrance of Don was of an upright man, strong leader and good role model. Sadly, that troop had some past leaders who were less than what I described but when Don came into leadership, it turned my attitude toward one of hopeful stability and honor. If this is but a fleeting memory for one of his past boy scouts, I can only imagine the good he meant to all of you, especially his family. May God bless you all and give you peace as you grieve his loss together.

  • Patrick Venturelli Posted January 22, 2020 3:58 PM

    Don was a true gentleman and will truly be missed.

  • Charlene Davis Cotuno Posted January 23, 2020 10:51 AM

    Was so sorry to hear this. Uncle Don was a wonderful Godfather. So many wonderful memories with family.

  • Linda (Rotoloni) Drake Posted January 23, 2020 8:31 PM

    Donald was always respectful and kind to all of his family. My dad, his Uncle Guido, was brother to his mom – my Aunt Olga. He would often visit us and never forgot his family no matter where life took him. He was so pleasant and a true gentleman. God bless you Donald and rest in peace dear cousin.

  • Julie Posted January 24, 2020 4:33 AM

    I have several fond memories of Don, he was always very good to me and treated me like family. Kindhearted, generous, adventuresome, loving and joyful are just to mention a few. His infectious smile and sweet giggle are something I remember and makes me smile. Arrivederci and Cisco Bello.

  • Sam Camerano Posted January 24, 2020 5:30 PM

    What a great man . Always spoke well of people , he will be missed by many.

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