Donald J. Fatula

January 13, 1939September 1, 2018
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Donald J. Fatula, 79, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sat., Sept. 1, 2018 at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL. A native of Elmira, NY, he was born Jan. 13, 1939 to Joseph and Helen (Gould) Fatula, one of five children. Don served his country proudly and honorably for nearly 26 years, first in the U.S Army from 1958 to 1964. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980, serving in the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (SEABEES), an assignment that deployed him to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rota, Spain, Souda Bay, Greece and Jamaica, among other ports, that carried Don to the rank of Builder First Class Petty Officer after 19 years of U.S. Naval service. A general contractor and painter by profession, Donald built bridges in his native Elmira, NY and also was instrumental in the construction of Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Mr. Fatula retired from the maintenance division of the Orange County School System in Orlando. Don was a very active member of the Shepherd’s Way Cowboy Church, Lecanto, FL and Grant St. Baptist Church in Orlando, as well as a member of American Legion Post #155 of Crystal River, FL. He is survived by eight children: Christopher Fatula, Dorothy Fort (husband Ivan), Jim Fatula (wife Terri), Steve Fatula, Eddy Howard, Michael Howard, Fred Howard (wife Michelle) and Terry Howard; siblings Bill Fatula (wife Darlene), Bob Fatula (wife Linda), Joe Fatula (wife Fran) and Nancy Morgan (husband Tom); 26 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 16 great great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his first wife and mother to Christopher, Jim and Steve, Frances Fatula on March 27, 2001, second wife Mary Fatula on Sept. 7, 2017, grandson Zachary Howard and great granddaughter Samantha Monroe. A celebration of Don’s life will take place on Fri., Sept. 28, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. from Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL with Pastor Dave Shirkey of Shepherd’s Way Cowboy Church officiating. Military honors by the American Legion Post #155 and United States Navy will be rendered at 1:30 P.M. from Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Funeral procession, led by the Patriot Guard Riders, will commence to the cemetery at 12:15 P.M.


  • Joseph Fatula, Father
  • Helen Gould, Mother
  • Frances Fatula, 1st wife and mother to Chris, Jim and Steve
  • Mary Fatula, 2nd wife
  • Zachary Howard, Grandson
  • Samantha Monroe, Great Granddaughter
  • Christopher Fatula, Son
  • Dorothy Fort, Daughter
  • Ivan Fort, Son-in-law
  • Jim Fatula, Son
  • Terri Fatula, Daughter-in-law
  • Steve Fatula, Son
  • Eddy Howard, Son
  • Michael Howard, Son
  • Fred Howard, Son
  • Michelle Howard, Daughter-in-law
  • Terry Howard, Daughter
  • Bill Fatula, Brother
  • Darlene Fatula, Sister-in-law
  • Bob Fatula, Brother
  • Linda Fatula, Sister-in-law
  • Joe Fatula, Brother
  • Fran Fatula, Sister-in-law
  • Nancy Morgan, Sister
  • Tom Morgan, Brother-in-law
  • Don is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 16 great great grandchildren


  • Celebration of Life Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Military Honors Friday, September 28, 2018

Donald J. Fatula

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Roxie Doan

September 11, 2018

Cousin Tink and Family, So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Never had the chance to meet him, but he sounds like a wonderful man. Carry your memories close to your heart. Now he is with your Mom, and the loved ones who passed before him. Hugs to you all!

Barbara Nickoles

September 11, 2018

Dear Tink and Amber, it was such a short time that you all came into my life through meeting in Shepherd's Way Cowboy Church. The first time I saw Don there, in his western shirt and cowboy hat, I asked him if he sang. He told me he used to. I kept encouraging him to sing, each time I saw him. Finally, he sang at one of the Jams at church. The song I remember him singing was 'Old Shep'. Every time I hear that song it brings a tear to my eye, and needless to say, I cried that day Don sang it. Not knowing it was the last time I would ever see him on this side of Heaven, we were all at the Crystal River Mall on August 25th to hear The Wranglers Band. A week later, September 1, Don was in the arms of Jesus, singing in the Heavenly choir. Thank you Tink for the picture you took of Don and I together that day at the Mall. I will miss his teasing and flirting, but mostly I will just miss seeing Don every time I turned around in church. Love you all.

Mickey Griffin

September 11, 2018

Gonna miss our talks and the wonderful stories you told. You were one of the best and I have been fortunate enough to meet only a few. Thank you for all the good times I had with you and especially my peanut butter cookies. I will miss you Don. Until we meet again. I love you❤️🙏

Carolyn Halbert

September 7, 2018

To the family of Donald J. Fatula. My husband Richard and I moved to Fl, only a year ago, and had the privilege of knowing Don for only a short time. He was so much fun, and reminded us of Gabby Hays. How could I not love him.....he kept telling me I looked like my husbands daughter, and asked what I was doing with an old man.....Always making us laugh and smile. We last saw him at The Crystal River Mall when the Wranglers were playing …..Less than two weeks later he was with our Lord. The Angels are singing for they have welcomed a talented man who loved the Lord , but for those he left behind.....he is missed already.

Our prayers to his family.
Dick and Carolyn Halbert

Tammy Jamison

September 7, 2018

Grandpa Don you are going to be missed tremendously 💔
One of the things most special to my heart is how you stared our tradition of our entire family holding hands in prayer before dinners ❤️
This is going to be a difficult task to fill it’s Always your lead and our family prayer circle is forever changed 💔

Kiara 💜💖

September 6, 2018

Love you Grandpa!

Elijah & Jakori

September 6, 2018

You’re the specialist Grandpa we could have ever had!!

Nadine Niles

September 6, 2018

Will love you forever and always Grandpa!!!

Vicky Munns

September 6, 2018

I am going to miss my Uncle Don a lot. I am glad that I had a chance to meet him and get to know him.

Becky Meredith

September 5, 2018

Don. What an amazing person. The last time we spoke we talked for 3 hours while listening to our favorite band and singers. I learned a lot about him in that short time. He was such a loving friend. He loved his family so much. I love the bond his family share. You never seen Don without his long time best friend Sonny. I love them all. My heart is heavy but I know he is now in a better place watching over us. Prayers for family and lots of love to them.