Donald Edwin Frazier
March 1, 1927 – June 22, 2020
Donald Frazier, 93, a longtime resident of Punta Gorda, passed away peacefully June 22, 2020. Don was born in 1927 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Mildred and Floyd Frazier. He was a retired TWA pilot with 33 years of service. Don was in the Navy V-12 program at the age of 17 while attending Coffeyville Jr. College. He then went on to attend Fayette Central College in Missouri and later Rice Institute in Houston. Don received his commission and Navy wings at NAS Pensacola on November 1947 and flew F4U’s off Princeton and Essex Carriers during the Korean conflict. He met his wife, Marlis (Kappy) in 1949 and they married in Oakland, California later that year. Don was a devoted, loving husband and father. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen Organization. Active in computer programing he enjoyed his electronic hobbies, ham radio and flying model airplanes. He was a longtime member of Kingsway Country Club and Twin Isles where he enjoyed golf and tennis. Survivors are his wife, Marlis (Kappy) and 3 children, Steve of Macomb Illinois, Bob and his wife Sheri of Allen Texas, a daughter Leslie Ferguson of Punta Gorda and his brother Jerry and his wife Dorothy of North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his brother Carl and his wife Clara, and his daughter-in-law Elaine. He leaves behind four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Kays-Ponger Funeral Home in Punta Gorda is serving the family. You may share a memory or send a condolence to the family at www.kayspongerpg.com. A memorial service to honor Don’s life may be scheduled sometime in the future.
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Donald Edwin Frazier
July 7, 2020
Dearest Leslie, Kappy and family,
My sincere condolences go out to each of you. Don was surely one of a kind and gentle man. I was fortunate enough to spend time with him on my visits to Florida. He was generous and so welcoming. Fighting the battle he did for so many years took extreme courage and determination. He did it with dignity and love for his devoted wife and family. Leslie....you were an amazing and loving daughter who never let anything get in the way of providing the best care available for your Dad. May your many treasured memories now comfort you. Rest In Peace, Don.
July 7, 2020
Grandfather, as we called him, Pom Pom, was such an intelligent, steadfast, and accomplished man. I doubt that I will ever meet another person like him in this world. As smart as he was, he also had a terrific sense of humor. Within our family, we often joke about not benefiting from his “smart genes” that were supposed to get passed down to us.
Pom-Pom was a pilot for TWA and his last flight before retirement was to Frankfurt, Germany. I became a flight attendant 13 years ago and my very first reserve assigned trip was to Frankfurt, Germany! He was flying the airplanes and I was working in them. I’ve always felt that the airline industry was a strong connection between us.
A fond memory of Pom Pom that I will never forget took place when I was about 16 years old. Every summer, we would drive as a family from Missouri to Florida to spend several weeks of summer vacation with our grandparents, Omi and pom-pom. This particular summer, it was the last day and we were leaving. The car was all packed up. I don’t recall exactly what I was fighting with my younger brother about that day, but I was very upset and refusing to get in the car; a typical teenager. Pom-Pom put his hand on my shoulder and looked into my eyes and said, “this too shall pass“ with a look of such a deep care and understanding that it actually jolted me into letting go of my attitude and getting in the car.
When things seem difficult and like they will never get better, I think back to those words he said to me and they instantly bring me peace.
I love you Omi and Pom Pom xoxo
July 4, 2020
Kappy and Leslie, I just learned of Don's passing, my sincere belated condolences. Around hanger 12 at JFK Capt. Frazier was known as one of the "good guys". I spent many a pleasurable flight with him on TWA's nighttime crossings to Europe and on. Don treated everyone with upmost respect, crew members, ground personal, passengers, etc. Don was one of the very best. May he rest in peace If at a future date there is a celebration of life for Don I hope to be invited if I am still alive and able. RonSki. Fellow pilot and TWA Capt. retired.
July 4, 2020
We were very sad to hear of Don’s passing and send our sincere condolences to Kappy and the entire family. Living next door to he and Kappy for 17 years and what wonderful neighbors they were. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve his loss.
Jan & Gary
July 3, 2020
Paul and I are so sorry for your loss. Don was a very caring man who also always kept us laughing
July 1, 2020
Kappy, many fond memories of you and Don with Chief's football, the Pews, Randy K. And others. Rest In Peace and tail winds Capt. Frazier.