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Donald L. Fischer

May 1, 2016


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Donald Lewis Fischer, 76, passed away on May 1, 2016 at Mirabel Lodge in Forestville, CA. He was born on April 23, 1940 in Oakland, CA to Stanley and Alexis Fischer.


Donald grew up in Oakland and in 1958 he graduated from Oakland High School. After high school he attended college at UCSF in San Francisco, CA where he received a Bachelor’s Degree. He joined the San Francisco City College Police department in 1960 and in 1961 became a Deputy Sheriff for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. He joined the United States Army in 1962 and served for 2 years. He served in the 542d Military Police Company in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico and was the recipient of the medal of commendation and a number of letters of commendation for his outstanding performance in his duties. He was discharged honorably in September 1964.


Donald began work for the Santa Rosa Police Department as a Police Officer where he worked from 1965-1970. In 1970 he started teaching at the Santa Rosa Junior College and began a long career in the Administration of Justice Program. He taught during the day and attended night school at Golden Gate University where he achieved his Master’s Degree. He spent his summers and weekends working as an extra help Deputy Sheriff at the Russian River Substation in Guerneville. He retired from the SRJC in 2003 after 33 years of teaching. He continued working as a Bailiff for the SCSO until he fully retired in 2006.      


Don married Eva in 1964 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They were happily married for 52 years. Don was a member of numerous associations during his career and as a retiree. He enjoyed telling stories, shopping, cooking, tending to his rose gardens, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also received many awards and accomplishments in his life, too many to list.


Don is survived by his spouse Eva of Forestville, CA; his daughter Michelle, (Jim),Schiavone of Cazadero, CA; his daughter Catherine Phillips of Oakland, CA; his sister Cynthia, (John) Gardner of San Rafael, CA; his grandchildren Taylor, Tanner, Wesley and Mason.

A memorial service will be held at
Pleasant Hill Memorial Park, 1700 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472 at 11:00 AM, Sunday May 22nd. A private burial will follow at Forestview Cemetary on a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Forestville Fire Department, 6554 Mirabel Road, Forestville, CA 95436.