Don Abbott was born on November 23, 1932. He was inducted into the air force at Ft Wayne, Detroit, he served as a decorated fighter pilot in the US Air Force actively for over 20 years before his retirement in 1977.
Don graduated from Michigan State University with both B.S. and M.S. degrees and served as a Lecturer at the MSU School of Packaging where he taught the Introduction to Packaging Course. He is remembered by his students for his many jokes, examples, and stories in class some of which featured the foibles of his children. He was an avid State fan who enjoyed both basketball and football, but mostly football.
He was a member and sometimes president of many military organizations including the Air Force Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the Military Officers of Foreign Wars, the F86 Fighter Pilots Association, The Super Sabre Society (F-100), and the 54-F Pilot Training Class. He loved reunions with his flying buddies and managed to keep military time his whole life.
Don was a partner in an equal opportunity kitchen and widely known for his beef barley soup, baked beans, homemade bread, and monster oatmeal cookies which he was always willing to share. He was a gentleman farmer who provided Thanksgiving turkeys each year. He enjoyed quietly entertaining everyone with his jokes and stories. In later life, he printed business cards that read: “Air wars fought, War stories fabricated, Professional packaging faked.” Pleasant, kind, loving, inspiring, warm, and loyal; he championed others and inspired many.