OBITUARY

Donald W. Peck Jr.

October 26, 1963April 7, 2014
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Donald W. Peck Jr. was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Donald was a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Donald would set about immediately to create it.

His parents were Donald Wilson Peck, Sr and Theresa Jean Post. Donald was raised in Rochester, New York. Donald was brought up to be reasonable in his actions and was taught to use his intellect wisely. He was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced his self-confidence. Even at a young age, Donald was credited with having a positive influence on those around him.

The positive atmosphere that Donald generated spread to his family. Donald had three brothers, James, Bruce and Bert, four sisters, Debra, Cindy, Terri and Maria. Donald served as a catalyst within the family. He often found himself in the role of providing fair solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Donald was able to demonstrate his uncommon logic and skill at building compromise.

Donald's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to his exhibiting leadership qualities early on in his childhood. He liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with different approaches as he worked a plan towards a solution. As a young boy, he took part in baseball and football. He was a Boy Scout. Donald's memorable achievements included.

When it came to academics and school, Donald's organizational skills reaped dividends. Donald was able to create a system for getting his class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in finding solutions. He graduated from Paramount High School in 1982. He enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers.

As Donald knew in other aspects of his life, he had a clear vision of what he sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. Amy was a significant part of his life, and it wasn’t necessary for Donald to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. Donald's secret to success was that he always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

Family and children were important to Donald, even if he didn’t always show it. Donald was blessed with two children, one son, Donald, and one daughter Melanie. Donald was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as he did at work. Donald rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, he was subtle and patient in his dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

At work Donald was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Donald was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although Donald might have been described by some as an overachiever, he was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. His primary occupation was IT Specialist. He was employed for 11 years with various computer contracting companies, of which the last 3 years were in Afghanistan.

Donald was a retired Navy veteran. He spent the majority of his 20 years on various ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga-CV60. Donald saw action during the first Dessert Shield, Dessert Storm, Liberation of Kuwait, Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom. Through his dedication and hard work, he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He received several awards including Navy/ Marine Corps Commendation, Navy/ Marine Corp Achievement, Navy "E" ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service, Good Conduct (5th Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary, Sea Service Deployment, Southwest Asia Service, Pistol Marksmanship (Expert), Rifle Marksmanship (Expert), Kuwait Liberation. Donald's fellow soldiers knew that he worked well within the system, understanding the importance of rules and striving to follow them. Donald's life approach was all about order.

Not only did Donald find pleasure in pursuing his various hobbies, he also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. His skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. His favorite pursuits were computers, music and golf.

No matter what the activity was, Donald had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced his participation in sports, too. He sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and he stayed cool and calm under pressure. He relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. Recreational sports included golf. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf and football.

Donald was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His family was rounded out by his two cats and one dog.

Donald passed away on April 7, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center Beaches.

Donald W. Peck Jr. knew what he wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. He could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Donald was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. He was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If he saw that something needed to be done, he was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.

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  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • Visitation Saturday, April 12, 2014
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Paul Anderson

September 12, 2017

Today, as of most every day, I dearly miss Don. I didn't need to see him or talk to Don often. Just to know his love and care was alive for me was enough to make me whole. I will never be the same again. I truly miss my best of friend! Andy

John Delfino

July 11, 2016

My Best friend on the USS Brewton 1086 we were like brothers in Hawaii, Don was the Center of our IC Shop, he made it all work together , he made the time the best on earth, never forget all the things we did together, dancing, Don was an Avid Dancer, Don was very intelligent, fun, I loved being around him when he came to the IC Shop I was glad to share my life with him, he was a welcome needed change! Farewell my friend Godspeed, now I am without you while your in the Wings of Angels in the Hand of God. Your forever my brother, wish life didn't keep us apart! In Heaven we'll see you again Don!! Miss you!! Peace Donald, Rest in Peace my brother!!

Paul Anderson

September 4, 2014

Don took me under his wing. With his words, friendship, and time he taught me to be a part of something, instead of a rebellious small-minded redneck independent. He taught me the Navy's dress code standards which ultimately cost him a day off, because I out-did him. He showed and reinforced the importance and benefits of true love respect, and trust. At one time the trust and respect between us was so great that he bought a car on my word sight-unseen. He was my most valued friend. I have mourned his passing for several weeks now thinking of him almost constantly. The world has lost a remarkable man. I'm blessed to have had my times with him. I am the man I am today in many aspects due to the knowledge Don shared with me when I was under his wing. I will never have a better friend and my heart goes out to Amy, Donnie, and Melanie. I love you Don, and will miss all of my days. Andy.

fritz

August 13, 2014

you are missed!

fritz

August 13, 2014

very sad uncle jim wish we could of been closer but it was definitely good time when we got together love ya and will miss ya you, david and uncle bru have a few drinks of scardies up there and wait for the rest of us love ya!

william Gardner

April 11, 2014

With the deepest feelings of sadness and regret over the loss of someone that I knew and called friend. May the Lord watch over him on his new journey into the unknown and may he watch over the family in their moment of need.
"Fair Winds and following seas my friend."

Eddie Taylor

April 11, 2014

Sorry for your loss Jim,my prayers go out to you and your family.

Cynthia Mitchell

April 11, 2014

I know losing a family member is hard. May GOD give your family a calming peace.your in my prayers.

April 11, 2014

Our deepest sympathies...
The Crigger Family, Jacksonville,FL

The Custis Family

April 11, 2014

We are very sorry for your loss. Forever in our hearts and thoughts,