Donald Phillip Maillet

January 4, 1942June 2, 2019

Donald “Don” Phillip Maillet passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 after a hard fought battle with Guillain-Barre´ Syndrome.

Cremation Rites are under the care of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas. No services are scheduled.

Don was born on January 4, 1942 in Waterville, Maine. He was the son of Lionel and Gloria (Loisel) Maillet. Don graduated from Waterville High School in 1961. He joined the US Navy in 1961 and served on aircraft carriers until his retirement in 1981 with the rank of Senior Chief. Don Married Elizabeth Prochaska on May 30, 1987 in a waterfront ceremony at East Pond in Oakland Maine. After retiring from the service, he returned to his hometown of Waterville Maine where he was active in the community and held the office of Director of Public Works. He was an active member of the Waterville Elk’s Lodge 905 for many years while he lived in Benton. He and his wife transitioned to a warmer climate in 2003 to Shiner, Texas. where he continued to be an active member in his community, lending a helping hand where needed and as a member of the Shiner American Legion, VFW. He was also active in the local church.

Don is survived by Betty,his loving wife of 32 years, his son Nathan Maillet and his wife, JoAnn of Springfield Virginia, his daughter Claudine Maillet of Oakland Maine, his sisters; Jeanne Zanin and her husband, Will of Springfield Virginia, Gail Handleman and her husband Brian, of Coconut Creek, Florida, his grandchildren; Corey Maillet, Josh Boucher, Chantel Nadeau, Megan Boucher, and his Great grandchildren; Haley Nadeau, Everett Burton and Hannah Maillet. He was preceded in death his parents; Lionel and Gloria Maillet, his brother Lee Maillet, and his sister Maureen Poulin.

He will be sorely missed by his many friends and growing family. He leaves a big hole in the hearts that knew him and loved him. He can rest in peace knowing the legacy he left behind will continue on.

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Kay Villalpando

June 23, 2019

I only knew Don a very short time met him thru a mutual acquaintance . He was a warm and welcoming soul would help you in any situation.Just which I could have gotten to know him better . Such a wonderful man will be missed. Love Kay

Gene Steffen

June 5, 2019

Don was a shipmate that was always there to help anyone. He and I knew each other and served together for at least 15 of Don’s 20 years in the Navy. Don now has his final Liberty Card and Chow Pass and will serve the Supreme Commander with honor. Fair Winds Shipmate....
Gene Steffen MCPO USN (Ret)

JOhn Kasper

June 5, 2019

He was a super nice guy!! I am blessed to have known him!! R.I.P. Don. I will miss you!!

Bill & Norma Goetz

June 3, 2019

Betty and family, please accept our sincere and heartfelt sympathy. We feel so blessed to have known Don . Betty, you and Don were/are very special to us. It is our prayer that you will be comforted knowing you have many friends who love you. May our God comfort all of you and give you peace.
BLESSINGS, Bill and Norma