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Donald Ulliman

Donald Thomas Ulliman

Thursday, September 16th, 1948 - Sunday, December 20th, 2020
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Donald Thomas Ulliman
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.
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Pauline Baran

Posted at 03:10pm
We had the good fortune of being friends with Don and Melanie for over 40 years, raising our children together, spending many a weekend evening playing cards, camping trips, cruising to Mexico, Hawaii and the Panama Canal, and many other adventures. Don was a good and generous man, loving husband and father, and a great friend. You are missed everyday Don. Our love to Melanie and family.
Ron and Pauline
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Josie Olivas

Posted at 08:16am
My condolences to Melanie and her family in their loss. May God guide you all.
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Lucille Papes

Posted at 01:12am
We knew Don through George and JoAnn. He and Melanie always treated us like family. We will truly miss him. Lee and Lucy Papes

Tricia Stever Blattler

Posted at 10:29pm
Don and Melanie were lifelong friends of my parents Dave and Gaye Stever. We spent many wonderful holidays camping with the Ullimans throughout the 1970s-1980s enjoying desert trips and motorcycle trails. My all time favorite memory predated me but as told with lots of laughter was the ill fated camping trip where Don tried to light the pilot for Melanie to make brownies in the camp trailer. It involved a rattle snake, a shotgun, a hidden oil drum in the ground, and nerves of steel. I’m told on that same trip a dead body was found and my sister got the chicken pox. So many fond memories of Anza Borrego Springs, Ocotillo Wells, Joshua Tree, trips to Tucson and the Sonoran Desert wildlife park.... lots of good memories. My love to the Ullimans.
MB

Millie Bentley

Posted at 10:13pm
Such a good guy. Melanie and family, our heartfelt condolences. I remember meeting you two in Florence--the yummy seafood--and having dessert (chocolate) back in your RV. Thanks to you two, we have been able to lead tours in the lighthouse in Crescent City as part of a Work kamper program. You must have some absolutely wonderful memories!
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