Don "Donnie" LaMonte Coleman II
August 28, 1951 – July 11, 2021
Don LaMonte Coleman, II, 69, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. Donnie was born to Don LaMonte Coleman, DDS and Mary Jane Wheatley Coleman August 28, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked as a pilot for Brasfiled & Gorrie Construction for 27 years before retiring. Donnie was a free-spirited and nomadic soul. He was the king of spontaneity – he would pick up and head to Alaska on just a moment’s notice. Donnie was fun-loving and loved to laugh. He had friends that spanned countries and continents. He loved to sail and loved the water. Donnie had a true passion for food, and was an amazing cook. He would make spreads a table wide just for himself. Donnie was friendly, fun, and never met a stranger. He will be truly missed. Donnie was preceded in death by his father, Don LaMonte Coleman, DDS. He is survived by his mother, Mary Jane Coleman Jackson (Horace); his son, Don LaMonte Coleman, III (Reyna); two grandsons, Monte and Jacob Coleman; two brothers, Randy Coleman (Helan) and Tom Coleman (Barbara); his sister, Leta Salazar (John); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other cherished family and friends. A memorial mass will be held for Donnie on Friday, July 23, 2021 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish beginning at ten. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on August 28, stay posted for updates on www.pinecrestfuneralhome.com.
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Don "Donnie" LaMonte Coleman II
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July 24, 2021
My deepest sympathy, love and prayers to all the family. He gave us all so many great memories.
July 23, 2021
I believe the first time I met Don was when I was at Auburn in the mid 80s working the desk @ the FBO. He would come in and chat with us while he waited for his passenger. Little did I know that many years later we would become very good friends. When I moved to Lake Logan Martin Don was one of the first friends we would go visit in the boat. It was Don’s father that took me out on Mobile Bay in his sailboat to show me how to handle a large sail boat before going to the BVI to charter a sailboat. In the BVI on a sailboat is where I asked Brenda, my wife, to marry me. Don and Donnie were at our wedding 26 years ago to celebrate our marriage with us. I was also able to fly with Don a few times in the Baron for Brasfield & Gorrie. I always enjoyed those trips because I knew Don would have great places scoped out for lunch. The Memorial Day parties at our home with the "BAB" (our acronym for his very big boat) anchored in our backyard at the lake were great for making memories. At one of those parties I recall Don hiding the last piece of Brenda's homemade Key Lime Pie in a kitchen cabinet so he would have one when he was ready for dessert. Of course, Brenda said, "what if I wanted a piece of pie?" If you know Don very well at all then you know his reply to that question! He enjoyed that pie and many others she baked through the years. These are all great memories of a man who knew how to enjoy himself. Years later, 2 friends of mine and I joined him for one of the cruises down the TN & Tom Bigby waterways to Mobile bay in the BAB (AKA Mi Beaudreau). It was a week on the river that I will never forget. This is just one of the many adventures that Don was always up for and anyone who joined him felt blessed to be included in his travels. I will miss Don still cannot believe I will not be getting a call from him saying "Capt Iddins how are you?" Godspeed Don Coleman I will see you on the other side enjoy the ride.
Captain Chris Iddins (American Airlines)
July 19, 2021
You will be missed, 1982 I met Don, he would fly into Auburn and buy a starving flight instructor lunch. Stayed in touch and crossed paths many times since. He even entertained our Rottweilers with his magic tricks. Many a dinner on his boat on Dog River. Safe travels as you embark on another of your journeys my friend.
Mark and Mary
July 17, 2021
Like many of Don’s friends we met through boating. When my husband had a heart attack Don helped me by bringing our boat from anchorage to the Marina. After that we remained in touch over the years. He would send texts with updates and photos of his grandsons and his many adventures . His grandsons were his world. He was truly one of the kindest, sweetest men we have ever met. He will be greatly missed.