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Obituary - Donald A. DaDeppo

Feb. 14, 1931-Feb. 22, 2010.

Donald Adam DaDeppo was born in Warren, Ohio, on Feb. 14, 1931, and along with his sister Jane and brother Ernie, spent his childhood in Detroit.

He attended Wayne State University where he competed on the college swim team, and the University of Michigan where he earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering. In later years, he was rarely seen without his Wolverine baseball cap. After earning his Ph.D., he moved to Arizona where he rose to professor of civil engineering at the University of Arizona. He was enthusiastic about teaching his engineering students. He maintained high teaching standards and integrity throughout his tenure.

Donald had varied interests that he pursued. Despite heart problems, he maintained his fitness throughout his life swimming, walking and running. Donald was especially passionate about flying, and was a longtime pilot and very proud of his instructor’s license. After retiring from the U of A, Donald developed a great talent for cooking and enjoyed baking cookies and pies for both family and friends, distributing them from southern Arizona to southern Colorado. Donald also enjoyed woodworking, and took great pride in the cradles he made for his grandchildren.

He left us unexpectedly, but he left living his life to the fullest and was the happiest he had been in his life.

Donald was preceded in death by his first wife, Shiela, his brother, Ernie, and his very best friend, Ox, an Australian shepherd. Donald is survived by his second wife, Jill Keller, sister Jane (Darwin), his children Chandler, Adam (Lisa), Jenny (Hal) and Molly (Jim), and grandchildren Frank, Nicholas, Clinton, Katy, Addison, Liam and Carter.