Donald L. Elliott

August 20, 1942July 28, 2013
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Donald L. Elliott, 70, of Traverse City, passed away on July 28, 2013. He was born to Frank A. and Viola (Witkop) Elliott on August 20, 1942 in Traverse City.

He was married to Debra (Ballard-Thomas on November 22, 1986 in Northport, MI. They shared many years of happiness together. Don had a passion for life. He loved to hunt in his younger years, play cards and be with friends and family. He served in the army from 1961 to 1963. He retired after 30 years of service from the Laborers Local 1098 Union. He went back to work in 2007 as an inspector for the pipeline. He also had worked for Davis Electric.

He is survived by his wife Debbie, daughters Robben Elliot and Carla Doty, sons Donald Jr. and Justin Elliott. Brothers James (Lynn), Gary (Linda), Larry (Rhonda) and Gregg (Kathy) Elliott, very special nieces and nephews Ron Jr., Christa, Cari, Shannon, Gary Jr, Heidi, Michelle, Keri and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Ronald F. Elliott.

I will not say that you have died I will say you are gone With a wave of a hand Like a deer running through A field on the farm I will shed a tear today Only because I love you And will miss you But I know one day That we will see each other again

Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 31, 2013 from 1 to 3pm and 5 to 7 pm at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. A funeral service will be held on Thursday August 1, 2013 at 11 am with visitation one hour prior at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Society or Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s School in memory of Gracie McNeil. Please share your fond memories and condolences at Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 31, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 1, 2013

Donald L. Elliott

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August 1, 2013

Debbie & Family,
Deb, you are so right how Don left a mark in everyone's heart that he met! I will always remember his smile, his zest for life and the love he had for you,Deb and all of his family. He was a special person! I did learn from him years ago to watch the products I buy at stores and try to buy more American Products. I did not understand that 20 years or so ago, but now I do. I will always remember him for that! May God bless you and your family at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, Pam Kennedy

Stan Summers

July 31, 2013

Bro. Don,
Sorry I will not be able to be at your internment, but will see you again in the future. Many years of good times being remembered and not forgotten. You are missed

Stan Summers

Debra Elliott

July 31, 2013

I am going to miss you terribly but you left a mark in everyone's heart that u knew. that is one of the greatest gifts you could of left behind for all of your family. Your memory will live on forever. I love you with all my heart and I know you will be beside me everyday. Your loving wife Debbie

Paula & Rod Spalding

July 31, 2013

Deb our Heart and Prayers go out to you and your family!! We are so Thankful we were able to enjoy a few of the tropical vacations with both of you!! Don really knew how to enjoy life!! He always made us laugh!! He was a very loving, giving friend! I hope Rod and I are able to enjoy life the way both of you did!

Bonnie Slaven

July 30, 2013

So sorry, Deb. I shall miss him too.