Donald Clifton Bansen Jr.

July 23, 1920October 6, 2021

Donald Clifton "Don" Bansen Jr., age 101, of Bradenton, Florida passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Donald was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 23, 1920. He was the second child of Donald C. Bansen and Ann Sherwood Bansen. Don attended public schools in Glenolden, PA until the 10th grade when he transferred to George School, a Quaker coeducational boarding school in Newtown, PA where he graduated in 1939. He also graduated from the Rising Sun School of Aeronautics and was employed by Pan American Airways in the Maintenance Department for 40 years. He spent two and a half years in the United States Navy during World War II as an Aviation Machinist Mate First Class. He was active in the Boy Scouts and Little League during his 33 years in Farmingdale, NY. After moving to Bradenton in 1984 he was active in the Manatee County Audubon Society, holding just about every position at some time. Don was predeceased by his first wife, Meryl Gates Bansen and his second wife, Betty Marshall Bansen. He is survived by his four children, Bruce Bansen, Barbara Sackstein (Howard), Beth Bansen and Donald C. Bansen, III; five grandchildren, two step grandchildren, one great-grandchild, six step great grandchildren and one great-great stepgrandchild. Don was a Quaker for most of his life but became a Methodist in 1983 and was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Bradenton. He was a volunteer (Courier) at Blake Medical Center from 1985 until 2020 when the pandemic cut that short. He moved to Freedom Village after his second wife passed. Burial will be in Manasota Memorial Park. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, would be appreciated to Manatee County Audubon Society, P.O. Box 14550, Bradenton, FL 34280-4550, or Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Rd, Bradenton, FL 34210.


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Donald Clifton Bansen Jr.

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Pastor Gayla Grimes-Harbolt

October 14, 2021

Just a note to let you know we are thinking of you with love. Your dad was a wonderful man and beloved by his brothers and sisters in Christ at Emmanuel. I spoke to him around his birthday and it was so great to talk with him. We will honor him on All Saints Sunday 11/7. Please join us online at at 9:30 if you can. Love and Blessings.

Joanne Anderson

October 14, 2021

Don’s son Donald lll introduced me to him as he was preparing to move to Freedom Village. He immediately made me feel welcome! He always treated me like I was part of the family as his son Donald & I have been partners for over 14 years. I recall when he surprised me with a lovely turtle pin. I was so touched that he remembered I had a collection! That’s how kind & caring he was. I will miss him dearly. Rest easy Don.

Beverly JD Minnix

October 10, 2021

We loved sharing Friday night socials with Don & Betty when they were in Village Green. What an interesting person & an inspiration to many to serve. Rest In Peace Don🙏🙏

Barbara Sackstein

October 8, 2021

My Dad was a great human being. He loved his family and he loved to travel. He lived a long and prosperous life, having lived to the ripe old age of 101. He literally travelled around the world. We will all miss him so very much. We can take solace in the knowledge that he is at peace.

Beth Bansen

October 8, 2021

My father was a pretty amazing human being! He was a gentle soul, quiet, intelligent, friendly and, even better, he had a great sense of humor. I loved to make him laugh and I will miss him dearly. He taught me how to change a flat tire and how to paint a room. He was a meticulous record keeper and took thousands of pictures on his travels around the world. Bird watching and photography were his passions. RIP Dad! ❤️