OBITUARY

Donald Pitt

April 30, 1934January 11, 2021

Donald Pitt age 86 went home to be with his Precious Lord January 11, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Don received Christ as his Savior in the fall of 1957. He used his music gift to serve the Lord with his wife, brothers and sisters in law. Then as his three girls grew, they began to sing as a family. The past 35 years they have traveled full time in the ministry singing with their son in law Evangelist Brian McBride and family. Don retired from Rowe International after working 30 years in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was known by his many co-workers as “Deacon” Don. Don & and his wife Patricia (Biggs) are members of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Holland, Michigan.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Patricia (Biggs) Pitt, and his daughters Nancy Pabis, Robin (Randy) Thompson and Sherrie (Brian) McBride; Grandchildren Randi Lynn (Dan) Knap, Rob (Cara) Thompson, David Pabis II, Rick (Lindsae) Thompson, Rachel (Eric) Davis, Patricia Pabis, Bethany McBride and adopted granddaughter Seleana Manion; and 12 Great grandchildren: Carter, Tessa, JoeAnna, Graham, Emmett, Naomi, Landin, Zaedin, Kaycin, Avianna, Jedidiah and Joshua. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Visitation and Service will be held at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Holland, MI. Visitation: Thursday, January 14, 5-7pm and Friday, one hour before the service. Memorial Service: Friday, January 15, 11 am with fellowship meal to follow. (The service will also be live streamed at www.lbcholland.com)

In lieu of flowers Don’s final wishes was that donations be made to his beloved wife, Patricia, in c/o Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St., Holland, 49424.

Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com for further information.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

Memories

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Bethany McBride

January 20, 2021

This is from our friend, Danielle.

“Precious, Perfect Papa”

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15


"Precious" to wife and daughters dear.

Precious to young and old.

Precious to loved ones far and near,

Who ever his memory hold.



"Papa"- his family called him that,

And ever he shall be known

By this name he wore- his "Papa" hat,

As his love to all was shown!



"Perfect"- he gave HIMSELF that name,

But, friend, in Christ `twas true,

For Papa knew Jesus- you can do the same,

And the same be said of you!



One day in his sleep, precious Papa walked,

Saw a Man far off in a meadow,

Couldn't quite make Him out, but awoke to talk

Of the Shepherd he saw in the shadows!



Now Papa's gone where he sees Him clear,

To the Home where we'll soon be going.

To walk with the Precious Saviour dear,

Where the crystal river's flowing!



And nothing would please Precious Papa more

Than that you could rest in knowing,

By faith in the Christ that he adored,

You too to that land are going!



Yea, Precious Papa's just gone before,

To join in the heavenly chorus,

Where the angels on bended knees adore

The Christ Papa lived before us!



Danielle E. Patenaude

Acts 17:28

"Precious, Perfect Papa," preached by Evangelist Brian McBride at the homegoing service of his father in law, Don Pitt (April 30, 1934 - January 11, 2021)

Seleana Manion

January 17, 2021

The Pitts came to my church every year for revival when I was growing up. Over the past several years, I’ve had the privilege to really get to know them and eventually became their “adopted granddaughter”. Papa Pitt was probably the happiest person I knew and he was always making people laugh. I always enjoyed playing music with him and hearing him sing and play his guitar. I really don’t know what my favorite memory with him is because I can look back on every time I was around him and there is a great memory there. He loved the Lord and that was evident in his life. He loved being in church and singing for the Lord. I am so thankful that he was a part of my life and I’m honored to be his adopted granddaughter. I loved him and will definitely miss him, but I’m thankful I’ll see him again one day.

Rachel Davis

January 17, 2021

I love my Papa. He was the greatest grandparent a child could wish for. I wish there was a way to share everything special about him but there's just too much to tell. Here are a handful of special memories:
Simply holding Papa's hand. Him serenading us on the guitar. Showing me the lovely bouquet of flowers he was hiding in the motorhome bay until it was time to give them to Nana. Financing the dream horse for his granddaughters.
But it was Papa's life lived for the Lord Jesus, that brought the best memories! At night I could here him pray with Nana and call their family members by name. Sometimes during invitation after a church service we would ask Papa to pray with us. Papa loved to praise the Lord. He'd wave his hanky during the preaching, sing for the Lord, and play his guitar or bass for the Lord. He would tell anyone who would listen about how Jesus had saved him from his sin.
Proverbs 3:5-6 describe my Papa.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Thank You, Lord, for my Papa and that I'll see him again!

Sherrie McBride

January 17, 2021

When you had Don Pitt as your dad for 59 years, where do you begin with memories! As a child on the farm, our yard was the neighborhood softball field. Dad came home from work at 4:00 pm, drank his coffee then all the neighborhood kids came and we played softball. My mom and dad were the only parents who played with us.
Then in high school, he came to every basketball game I ever played. He was my biggest fan. After working 8 hours in a factory, he would swing by the gym and pick me up from basketball practice. Sometimes he had to sit on the hard bleachers and wait for practice to be done. (I’m sure after working all day, that was the last thing he wanted to do)
Then the past 35 years I had the privilege to serve the Lord with him. Singing in revival services just about every night. What a blessing. He loved singing Joybells with the girls.
Then in 2017 I took him to a Michigan football game at the Big House. What fun! He was like a young kid.
Then last month, we ran away to Indiana so we could go to a restaurant to eat in the dining room. He enjoyed that so much. So dad, till we meet again, I love you dearly and we’ll see you “On the Far Side,”

Becky Veilleux

January 16, 2021

My first memories of Bro. Pitt were of him singing the “monkey song” with a tiny Bethany and Rachel telling us “that’s enough!” I LOVED that song as a kid and now my children know and love that song. Bro. Pitt was a true embodiment to me of the verse “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Bro Pitt was absolutely overflowing with the love and joy of Jesus. It spilled over onto everyone that met him. He always had a happy smile and a good word to share. I’m so very thankful he and Mrs. Pitt gave so much of their lives traveling and sharing that wonderful joy of Jesus. It made a difference in my mine and my family’s life. I’m so very grateful to have known Bro. Pitt and been touched by his beautiful joy.

Robin Thompson

January 16, 2021

My dad...my hero. My dad is the best dad in the world. He loved his Family! He loved his neighbors and friends. Most importantly, he loved the Lord. He lived what he preached. He made it a priority to serve in the local church and to tell others of the hope he had in Jesus Christ. Growing up, he worked hard to support my mom and his three girls. I fondly remember thinking he was "rich" as he bought ponies and horses for us to enjoy. Although my dad did not have boys, he taught us girls how to work on the farm. Yes, we mucked barns, we worked in the garden, we baled hay, we fixed fences, we learned to drive farm equipment. He tried to teach us what tools were which and yep, we helped him fix the cars. My dad put up with hours and hours of piano lessons and practicing. I loved baking little cakes and brownies in my easy bake oven. He would enjoy a cup of coffee with his treat that I made him. My dad taught me to love the Word of God and he exemplified a strong prayer life. While we cared for my dad in his last few days, he faithfully would pray for everyone of my kids and grandkids. He would have to stop and cough because of his lungs. I would cry in my room as I heard him pray. He loved to play the Wii. The week before he passed I got a 300 game and beat him. We had such a good time. He loved my mom well. Although I desperately miss him, I have this joyous hope of seeing him some day. Love you dad.

David and Trish McCoy

January 16, 2021

Bro. Pitt was one of our favorites, and he will surely be missed. Some of our greatest memories are coming to the house after Camp Meeting with the Pitts and McBrides to eat and play guitars and fellowship. Such great memories that we will cherish! As he is rejoicing in the presence of the Lord, we are thankful for the godly life he lived, the influence for good he was, and the legacy he left behind. So glad to say he was our friend!

Savannah Cantrell

January 16, 2021

I grew up with the Pitt and McBride family coming to my church for revival. Like everyone else, I was one of the people requesting his monkey song.
I had them both on cds, and in my eyes they were famous. As I got older, and became friends with Bethany. I realized they were just like everyone else, but they lived a life to serve and honor God. As we followed Bethany around, we couldn’t help but get to know the Pitt family as well.

My favorite memory though was going to Michigan to see them. It was supposed to be a surprise to Nana, however Papa forgot too. I remember the shock on Papas face as well as Nana’s when Seleana and I walked out the Rv. That was a trip filled with laughter. Nana’s brownie story and Papa clicking his heels before running to the table to karate chop it. I don’t know if I ever laughed so hard in my life.

I’m so thankful that I was able to see you and Nana just a few months ago. I’m glad you were able to meet my kiddos. We love and miss you Papa Pitt.

Amy Patterson

January 16, 2021

Bro. Pitt has been such a blessing in my life. He and Mrs. Pitt are so loving and fun to be with. They remind me of my own grandparents which I miss terribly. Love to all of you! God bless!

Bro. Kelly and Betty Tingle

January 16, 2021

We always enjoyed having Bro. and Mrs. Pitts at our revival services. He was such a talented man and had such a humble spirit. He will truly be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY