Daut Don Azem

December 15, 1925February 19, 2021
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Daut (Don) Azem, 95, of Tarpon Springs, FL passed away Friday, February 19, 2021 surrounded by his family. His life’s journey began on December 15, 1925, in the tiny village of Dobroshte, (Macedonia) Albania with his father, Veli Azem, his mother, Rukije (Baki) Azem, and two older siblings, his sister, Shija, and brother, Yusuf. When Daut reached the age of 15 he and his brother Yusuf were taken from their family, (which now included his brothers Suleiman, Servet, Azem and a younger sister Selima) by the Serbian controlled government. WWII was tearing the world and families apart, taking Daut and Yusuf to displacement camps from Reggio Emilia, Italy to Beirut, Lebanon to Damascus, Syria.

Daut entered North America through Halifax, Nova Scotia August 12, 1949 then found his way to Toronto, Canada in 1950 where he met his wife Rose N. Hysen while attending a family wedding. During their courtship, he danced the nights with his soon to be bride at Casa Loma in Toronto. They were married on June 28, 1953 when Daut immigrated to Chicago, Illinois.

Daut continued to dance through life with Rose by his side until she passed away in 2010. His devotion to Rose, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and those in need is what defined his life.

Survived by children Sandra (Sam) Premtaj and Ramsey (Corie) Azem; grandchildren Suzanne (Mark) McKay, Sarah (Paul) Hittos, Andrea (fiancé Eddie) Azem, Caroline Azem and Katharine Azem; Great-grandfather of Aiden, John, James, Liam, Spiro, Lucas and Elena.

Visitation for Daut will be from 3-8 PM on Sunday, February 28, at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W 103rd, Oak Lawn, IL 60453. Funeral service to begin at 11 AM on Monday, March 1, at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home. Interment Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Elmhurst, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albanian American Islamic Center, 5825 St. Charles Rd., Berkley, IL 60163.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Blake-Lamb will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.


  • The Albanian American Islamic Center


  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 28, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, March 1, 2021

  • Interment

    Monday, March 1, 2021


Daut Don Azem

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Suzanne Mckay

March 2, 2021

And this here is what it’s all about.
Whether you’ve ever been lost down a road, or flying in high in life with success. No matter the challenge or triumph. The key to it all is family.
We all came together to say goodbye ( a tremendously hard and heartbreaking farewell) to the patriarch of the Azem family.
We cried, laughed , hugged and didn’t want to say goodbye.
I think I can speak for all of us that without each other this wouldn’t have been the same farewell.
God bless my entire family both immediate and extended. It’s a true testament of how our bones were built out of the love that Daut and Rose laid the foundation.
Love everyone for all the support you all have know idea how much the outpouring support means to each of us.

john constantine

March 1, 2021

Our Deepest condolences To The Family On Dons Passing, Don,Rose,And The Rest Of The Family Were Always So Wonderful Anytime We Were Together. I'll Carry The Azem Families Kindness In My Heart Always. R.I.P. All Our Love, John, Marylyn And Jaeseok Constantine, South Korea

Gaz, Carolyn & Family Banka

February 28, 2021

Thinking of you all and sending our love and best wishes. Any other time and we would have been there to support you and say our goodbyes to Xhaxhi Daut. We have many great memories of him that will live on forever. Love to all, Gaz, Carolyn & family

Peggy and Wayne Anderson

February 28, 2021

Dear Ramsey and Corie and entire family of Don's ,
Our deepest condolences. Don brought joy, happiness,and great stories to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed,but his memories will never be forgotten. We will continue to keep the entire family in our prayers. Don and Rose loved you all and everyone.

Gent Panajoti

February 28, 2021

When life throws you in a foreign country, with no parents or relatives around to guide or support you, God sends His angels to fulfill this. One of these was Uncle Daut (Xha Dauti) for me. His guidance and fatherly advice was God sent for a young immigrant like myself. I found the warmth and love of a family in his welcoming house. Uncle Daut (Xha Dauti) and Aunt Rose (Halla Rose) became truly loving parents at a moment that I needed the most. May his memory be eternal!
My prayers and condolences to his children and family.

Laurel Quinn

February 28, 2021

Sympathy and prayers for all of the family and friends of Don. Memories of Ben’s Clubhouse, where the neighborhood gathered regularly, and summer evenings sharing wine and cheese in our yards. These treasured times will never be forgotten with both Don and Rose. I will open one last bottle and toast you my friend! Laurel Quinn

Joe Santander

February 28, 2021

I very sorry for your lost.
My heart goes out to you and your family.
Love you Ace and Stephanie.

loretha lott

February 28, 2021

The Lott family sends prayers of comfort for the entire family. Mr. Azem was such a wonderful neighborhood historian for my girls. He willingly talked with my girls about his life adventures and all the experiences of growing up when he did. He had a warm, talkative personality and he will be missed.

Rose Black (Selfo)

February 25, 2021

The legacy of Daut Azem is the Beautiful, loving Family he and Rose nurtured and encouraged with great love and they received the same in return. Daut’s Life was an amazing journey and his story is “ The American dream”. Daut and Rose were the couple you hoped to be seated with at social functions. They leave us with Wonderful memories and a beautiful extended family. When I think of them , I smile.

Lori Koch

February 22, 2021

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. I have special memories of Uncle Don. He had a wonderful smile and a sparkle in his eyes. He always loved sharing good life advice. Please find comfort in your memories and in the loving family and friends that surround you at this time.

Much Love,
Lori Koch and Family