Donald Lee Painter

January 17, 1947June 19, 2021
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Donald Lee Painter, 74, died on June 19, 2021. He passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, at his home in Cary, North Carolina.

Don was born on January 17, 1947 to the late Harvey Painter and Gladys Skoog at Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He met his beloved wife, Sharon Kay Rundle, in Jr. High School and they married on June 7, 1965. Don spent the majority of his career working for IBM where he held various positions starting on the computer assembly line at IBM’s Boulder, Colorado plant and then transferred to their Research Triangle Park assembly plant in Durham, North Carolina. Don was then promoted to the role of Customer Engineer for their Typewriter Division and transferred to Kansas City, Missouri. Later, he joined the Copier Division after being promoted to Regional Copier Specialist. Don’s role as Specialist earned him a promotion to Customer Engineering Manager at the IBM field office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Finally, Don had the opportunity to move back to Denver to be closer to family and took on a new position in Copier Sales. The IBM Copier Division was acquired by Kodak where Don ultimately retired and moved back to North Carolina.

Don enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family, friends, neighbors and road trips to the Carolina coast with Sharon. He cherished playing cards with his mom, dad, brothers and sister anytime they could get together. His favorite weekly activities included bowling and playing golf with his close friends in Cary. Don would never turn down an opportunity for gummies, cigars or a neighborhood poker game!

Don is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Painter and Gladys Skoog, and his son, Charles Painter.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon Painter; sister, Julie Klahn; brothers, Charles Painter and Bruce Painter; son, Brad Painter (m. Heather); grandchildren, Matthew, Jordan (m. Austin), Brooke and Jake. Don was also proud of his many beloved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association ( or the Autism Society of North Carolina (


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, June 25, 2021



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Alisa Boykin

June 29, 2021

I had the pleasure of serving Sharon and Don for many years at Danny’s BBQ in Cary. He was always smiling and caring for Sharon! He will be missed.

Jordan Terry ( Painter )

June 26, 2021

I can’t find the words, it still doesn’t seem real. Austin & I just talked to you last Wednesday night about work and Austin’s promotion and our recent trips to Texas, I tagged you in a picture of the birthday card you & nana sent just last week. As we hung up we said our goodbyes and I love you’s, little did I know I would cherish that I love you for the rest of my life. Now here I am headed out to your home, heading to where I would go with Matt as a kid to begin our many of adventures with you and nana..Except this time you’re not going to be there. We won’t get to see your smile that lights up the whole place, your hugs, or the candy you always had stashed to give us as soon as we hit your door. I knew this trip would be different. but as I’m here I keep expecting you to walk around the corner or walk in the front door & say “ hey darlin’ come give your papa a big hug!”.. I can’t comprehend the fact that you are gone. It doesn’t seem real. I’ve been surrounded by your neighbors & our family and I am so overwhelmed by all of the love and memories that have been shared about you. The way the neighborhood has pitched in and are caring for Nana would make you smile so big, they have welcomed us back to our third home as if we had never left. I may not understand why you left us so early, but I know that you lived your life to the fullest between golf, bowling and family. You were so loved by many & you have left an imprint on this world forever. Even though you may not physically be here with us, I know you are smiling down and loving every second of the whole family in your home.
Papa, I love you so much. I wish I could give you one last hug. Thank you for all of the adventures, hugs, jokes, laugh, ice cream dates at Goodberry’s and more love than grandkids could possibly imagine from a grandparent. You will always have such a special place in my heart. As I leave here this time I know that you will always be with me and I am forever grateful for that.

June Decker

June 23, 2021

I knew Don fromBuffaloe Lanes, bowling on both leagues I was on. We bowled against him and his team many times,, and I thought he was a wonderful person. He was always in a good mood and happy. And he always had nice things to say. I will really miss him.

Shelli Tillery

June 23, 2021

There is no way to express the shock, sorrow and sadness of this loss. I can count on one hand how many people I have known with as much integrity, intelligence, honesty, loyalty, thoughtfulness, and kindness that Uncle Don had. He was such a great man.

His sense of humor was a perfect combination of dry and witty - often so subtle you didn't even know you were the butt of his joke until you saw the "$#@*-eating grin" on his face. He was a master of executing and receiving practical jokes - I know I got a few in on him (like sneaking a load of whip cream on his face while "watching" golf through closed eyes on the couch!)

Uncle Don was so much more to me than an uncle. He treated me more like his daughter than his niece, including walking me down the aisle when I got married. I can thank him for my savvy Blackjack skills (although I missed the poker lessons!) I am so blessed to have him part of my life for so many years, and will forever have a void in my heart without him. I will miss him and his bright, gentle, and sometimes ornery smile.

My deepest condolences to Aunt Sharon, Brad, Heather, Matt, Jordan, Brooke, Jake and all those whose lives were touched by him.

Steven Rundle

June 23, 2021

Don was my brother-in-law, a good man, and will be missed.

Matthew Hodges

June 22, 2021

Don was by far one of the best teammates and friends I could’ve ever had the pleasure to know. He was always a friend and a true joy to be around. You will be missed my friend. Till we see you again!!

Randy Sanborn

June 22, 2021

Sharon, I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear of Don's passing on Saturday. When I moved to this area 22 years ago Don was one of the first to make me feel at home here and I would think many transplants feel the same. When we bowled together in the scratch Monday league those were some of my favorite years bowling. I waited for years to be on a team with Don. As you and I have discussed I really enjoyed the season that I came on to Charley's team and we shot for the stars. That had to be an incredible hug when they saw each other again and as Donna reminded me I am sure Charley still had the towel around his neck. Please know that I am just a phone call away if I can help with anything. Joanne and I will never forget Don and we say prayers and great memories to the entire extended family.

Cheryl Dillard

June 22, 2021

Many happy memories of Don at the bowling center - always happy, always friendly, always a good sport. I will miss you my friend. My love and condolences to Sharon and the family.

Bill Mccarthy

June 22, 2021

Don was fun to bowl with and against. I am glad I was able to see him recently at Buffalo Lanes and to bowl with him one more time. Don you will be missed.

Andrew Schlegel

June 21, 2021

I am grateful to have been able to bowl with Don. Always a happy outlook and gummy worms at bowling. I will miss seeing Don on the lanes. My condolences


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