Donald Melvin Willis

February 6, 1934March 12, 2018
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Donald “Don” Willis, 84, of Boca Raton, Florida, peacefully passed away Monday, March 12 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Florida. Don was born February 6, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio to Melvin “Chubby” Willis and Frances (Sanders) Willis. He graduated from Cathedral Latin High School. On April 26, 1952, Don and Effie Adamany were married in Cleveland, Ohio. Don began his career in sales, then opened a family business of 10 retail appliance stores in Cleveland, Ohio. He also owned and operated a number of real estate properties in the area and after retirement worked as a yacht broker. He enjoyed auto racing and boating, serving as the commodore of the Catawba Island Club in 1987 and is a 24-year member of the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. Don is survived by his wife Effie; his children Nancy and her husband Bill Mantle, Donald and his wife Bambi (Moran) Willis, James Willis, Greg and his wife Debi (Sinatra) Willis, Connie and her husband Richard Wood, Wendy (Willis) Mahle, Bill and his wife Colleen (Rodgers) Willis, Gary and his wife Patti (Mather) Willis, Laurie and her husband Mark Padgett; and his sister Carol Willis Shood Piazza. Don and Effie have 28 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren. He is preceded by his parents, his daughter, Linda, and his grandson, Sean Fair. A celebration of life mass will be held at 12:45 pm on Monday, March 19 at Our Lady of Lourdes, 22094 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33428. Rev. Eduardo (Eddie) Medina will be officiating. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Friends may call on Sunday, March 18, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Babione Funeral Home, 10060 Calle Comercio Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33428 (Glades and Rt. 441). The family invites donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of flowers,


  • Effie Willis, Wife
  • Nancy Mantle, Daughter
  • Bill Mantle, Son-in-law
  • Donald Willis, Son
  • Bambi (Moran) Willis, Daughter-in-law
  • James Willis, Son
  • Greg Willis, Son
  • Debi (Sinatra) Willis, Daughter-in-law
  • Connie Wood, Daughter
  • Richard Wood, Son-in-law
  • Wendy (Willis) Mahle, Daughter
  • Bill Willis, Son
  • Colleen (Rodgers) Willis, Daughter-in-law
  • Gary Willis, Son
  • Patti (Mather) Willis, Daughter-in-law
  • Laurie Padgett, Daughter
  • Mark Padgett, Son-in-law
  • Carol Willis Shood Piazza, Sister
  • Melvin "Chubby" Willis, Father
  • Frances (Sanders) Willis, Mother
  • Linda WIllis, Daughter
  • Sean Fair, Grandson
  • Don and Effie have 28 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren


  • Visitation Sunday, March 18, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Reception Monday, March 19, 2018

Donald Melvin Willis

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Ray Wallace

March 20, 2018

My condolences from Texas to the vast Don Willis clan. I was a '52 classmate of Don. We shared several classes. Don was a bit of a rarity in that he actually drove a car to school; very unusual way back then. I believe it was a Plymouth or Dodge and had a few after-school rides in it. So sorry to learn of the passing of another Latin '52 classmate.


March 19, 2018

Dear Mom Willis and Family,
A great life was lived by a very successful, respected and wonderful man. Your marriage was a true love story. I hope it gives you comfort to know that Dad Willis and his buddy Linda are together again. She welcomed him with her signature HUGE HUG and the party began. My parents and Ryan are also with him. What an amazing time we will have when we are all together ... again.
Thinking of you all with love,
Lynn and Ron Dunn

Russ & Marjorie Throne

March 15, 2018

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.
Just want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.