The Life of Donald W. Sr. Leavitt

Donald W. Leavitt Sr., 81,
of Morton, died Nov. 5 at Taylor Hospital.

He was born in Upper Darby, the son of the late William and Alda Doyle and descendant of John Leavitt of Hingham, Mass. He was a resident of Morton for almost 50 years. A graduate of PMC, now Widener University, and Temple University, he served as a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps First Division and participated in the Inchon Landing and Chosin Reservoir campaigns. Mr. Leavitt accompanied Adm. Byrd on Operation High Jump as a crew member on the USS Philippine Sea to the South Pole. He was the past grand master of Eastern Star Masonic Lodge, now Washington Lodge 59. With degrees in management and contract administration, he worked for Piasecki, Boeing-Vertol, General Electric, Burroughs Corp., University of Pennsylvania and Clifton Precision.

Mr. Leavitt enjoyed genealogy research and contributed as a member of the National Association of Leavitt Families. Along with his wife, Mary, and his dog, he traveled in his RV, completing the Oregon Trail and on to Alaska. He also participated in the restoration of the tall ship, Gazella.

Survivors: Wife of 56 years, Mary Quinn Leavitt; sons, Donald W. Leavitt Jr. of Prospect Park, Christopher J. Leavitt of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughter, Mary Elizabeth DiMeglio of Morton; five grandchildren.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Friday, Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington, 2900 State Road, Drexel Hill, Upper Darby.

Visitation: 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial: Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

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