Donald Thomas Ulliman
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9/16/1948 - 12/20/2020
Born in Springfield, Ohio but moved to Tucson with his family at a young age. As a child, he attended St Peter and Paul Catholic School, Salpointe High, and Tucson High, where he graduated in 1966. As a lifelong music lover, he was a member of various garage bands with high school friends; including Missing Links, Downstreet Riot, Arousers, and The End. He served in the U.S. Air Force (1967-1971) and was a Vietnam War Veteran.
After his service and while working to support his family, he continued his education at Pima Community College and received associate’s degrees in mechanics. He was a dedicated father who volunteered much of his time to the extra-curricular activities of both of his children, never missing a high-school band performance, baseball practice or game, or scouting event. For several years, Don and Melanie volunteered for the Catholic Engaged Encounter hosting weekend retreats for engaged couples. He retired from Hughes Aircraft/Raytheon in 2005 after 31 years of employment. Since retirement, he and Melanie expanded their travel from short family camping trips to spending full summers in cooler climates across the country, working as camp hosts in many campgrounds and State Parks, while maintaining residence in Tucson during the winters. During his time in Tucson after retirement, he enjoyed lending his musical talents to Corpus Christi Church services, the Roustabouts, and many impromptu jams.
Preceded by parents Jerome and Margret Ulliman, and sister Sue Boucher. Survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Melanie; daughter Dawn (Phillip) O’Brien; son Jeremy (Ellie); sister, Martha Gaul and brother-in-law Butch Boucher; seven grandchildren, Anne, George, Mackenzie, Matthew, Daniel, Pancho and Juniper; a great-grandson Adrian; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday March 13th, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, officiated by Fr Chris. We would like to thank the Veteran’s Hospice staff. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Tucson Veteran’s Hospice and Corpus Christi Church.