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Donald Picard
  • October 21, 1944
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  • June 04, 2020

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VALEDICTORY FOR
Donald Henry Picard
1944 – 2020

Lieutenant Colonel Donald Henry Picard (Ret.), a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, began his final retirement on June 4, 2020, after a long fight, in which he never stopped living. Donald passed peacefully, with his wife and sister soothing him with loving touches and soft words.

Donald proudly served the American people in the Air Force, retiring after over twenty-six years. Donald ended his career as Chief of the United States Munitions Branch for the United Kingdom Headquarters of the Third Air Force, located at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall, Suffolk, England. Lieutenant Colonel Picard also held the positions of Commander of the US Munitions Detachment in CFB Bagotville, Canada and Squadron Commander of Munitions at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire, United States.

Throughout his life, Donald utilized his quick mind and higher learning as a lecturer, educator, and mentor. Whether instructing Computer Science at Daytona Junior College; teaching Robotics and Computer Graphics to 4-H students in Nebraska; or in our National Parks over many seasons as a volunteer and Interpretive Ranger, he believed in passing his gifts, experiences, and knowledge on to the world.

For Donald, the natural world was sacred, sanctified by his constant presence within it and his dedication to its understanding and preservation. Donald served as the President of the Southeast Volusia Audubon Society for twenty-two years, leading birding walks and talks, as he continued in his retirement to educate the world about nature’s boundless beauty. Donald continues to serve the Audubon Society today as President Emeritus, an honor bestowed before his passing and that he proudly takes with him.

Donald loved his wife of over 50 years deeply. Maureen and Donald Picard together lived life like few others, and those that knew them often envied the breadth of their experiences. Donald and Maureen saw the world, not just visiting but living in England, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Canada, and the United States. They spent long periods within the National Parks, trekking to the most remote regions, comfortable because they had each other, surrounded by God’s creation in its rawest form. Donald and Maureen took their final adventure, despite (and perhaps to spite) Donald’s diagnosis and discomfort, to Patagonia, Chili in November of 2019. Nothing could stop Donald from touching the earth at its most serene and remote, even in the final months of his amazing life.

His Family felt his love for them acutely. His two daughters, Danielle Stewart and Angelique Moseley, held a special bond with their father, staying close, traveling together and mingling the families for celebrations, consolations, congratulations, weighty conversations, and constant loving contact. He actively participated in the lives of his grandchildren, who knew their Pepérè’s adoration, gentle caring, and learned advise. Katelyn, Jacqueline, Ethan, Brendon, Owen, Hayden, Noel, and Gabriel will carry his love and wisdom with them and pass his lessons and love to the world in this next generation.

His sister Theresa Carey, blessed to be with him at the end, has lost not just a brother, but one of her dearest friends. The deep bond between the youngest and oldest of the Picard siblings was not broken by the distance of their homes or the years spent physically apart. Their bond thrived over the years, as their love, friendship, and filial bond flourished.
Donald was the oldest of the “Buddha Brothers”, joined in this designation by his brother Normand, a Vietnam veteran, who predeceased Donald in 2016, and his surviving youngest brother Ronald Picard of South Carolina. In any gathering where the Buddha Brothers were present, you knew it was going to be an exceptionally good time.

Donald received his Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
His life made this world greener, safer, brighter, and more caring. The loss of his light will dim the spirits of all those that loved him; however, we will all live better – we will be smarter, kinder to our planet, and more compassionate and humane – for having known and been touched by Donald Henry Picard. God bless you Donald. We love you.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Southeast Volusia Audubon Society or to another organization dedicated, as Donald was, to the preservation of our planet.
SEVA, PO Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170


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  1. 04 Jul 2020
    Maureen Picard says:
    Don was a true friend and a wonderful husband for 50 years. He was a true, caring father to our children. He took his job, his family and fighting for a better world very seriously. He would encourage me to challenge myself throughout our marriage. He wanted me and the girls to be the best persons we could be. When I took on too much he was there to rescue me. He did it with a great deal of love and humor. We challenged each other. He tried ice skating and curling as an adult when we were stationed in Canada. The Canadian club promoted him out of beginners to the intermediate group. Those youngsters could get out of his way faster.
    Don was very gregarious. I use to chide him that he never met a stranger. He would have a wonderful smile and his hand out to say "Hi."

    He was president of the SE Volusia Audubon for 22 years. It was not an easy job with developers and politians sacrificing the environment for profit .
    He was not afraid to do any kind of work that needed to be done. He loved life. Until the day he left us, he fought for more time. He was not going to let cancer take him without a fight. He challenged us in Nov. 2019 to take advantage of the life he had to fullest by going on Nat.Geo/ Lindblad trip to Patagonia. Thank you Don for your warm understanding, the comfort and caring you've given to all around you. You are one of a kind, greatly loved and will be sorely missed by many.
    May you now find peace in the hands of the Lord. Your struggle and pain are over. God Bless and keep you until we meet again.

  2. 28 Jun 2020
    Theresa Carey says:
    Don was my oldest brother, there was sixteen years difference between us. By the time I was old enough to know he was my brother he was off to college and then the Air Force. I would see him about twice a year when he came home for a furlough. When I graduated from eighth grade he asked me to spend two weeks with him, Maureen and Angelique in Colorado. So I got on a plane by myself and flew out to see him. I was suppose to spend two weeks and ended up spending seven. He took me camping and hiking all over Colorado, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. He taught me and showed me show much. Something I would have never done if it was not for him. He was someone I Have always looked up to and admired for the caring, loving person he was. When my daughter Emily graduated from eighth grade he took her camping and showed her a great time as well. Family was something we both shared as being number one in our lives. Even though we lived miles apart and had such an age gap we were as close as siblings who grew up together. I cannot express enough how much he will be missed and how much I loved him, but how thankful I am for spending his last days with him. Don, you are much loved and missed. Until we meet again. ‘ YOUR FAVORITE SISTER’

  3. 20 Jun 2020
    Colleen Macdonald-Mason says:
    I first met Don in Saudi Arabia in 1982. He roomed with the man who became my husband and he served as our best man at our wedding in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. To me, his laugh and ever present optimism are my best memories of him. Maureen and Don visited me in Montana and of course we went birding-great fun. My sincere sympathy to Maureen, girls and families.

  4. 19 Jun 2020
    Gabriel Moseley says:
    I will never forget any of the things Pepere has taught me. He's taught me how to solder, tie down kayaks, and overall live life to the fullest. He has had a big impact on how i look at new challenges, and to always find a way to come out on top. i will always cherish the memories i've made with him, and I will always live to make him proud. Thank You, Pepere.

  5. 19 Jun 2020
    owen says:
    pepere was a great grandpa to me he was always fun to be with and always wanted us to be happy. and i always looked forward to our camping trips and i loved going fishing with him i love him soo much i miss him so much

  6. 15 Jun 2020
    Michael "SpiritWalker" Moseley says:
    I will always remember my father-in-law Don as a true Iron Man. There was absolutely no quit in this man. He was an inspiration to me and I admired him very much. He was always easy to talk to and I loved to listen to his stories. He was quick to laugh and always industrious. He just never stopped improving things, study things and teaching anyone who would listen anything he knew. And he knew plenty. Physically, he wasn't a big man, but his spirit was larger than life. I will always remember him as an example of a true man. One of my fondest memories is dancing a veterans dance with him at a pow wow we attended. Being able to dance with my mother- and father-in-law as military veterans was a great honor. Don, you will not be forgotten. Thanks for allowing me to be a small part of your family.

  7. 14 Jun 2020
    angelique says:
    My dad my hero!! As so many have posted he was an adventurer and experience this earth a lot more than many people do!! The things I remember most is how he would spend hours in the beating hot sun working on fencing for our horses, or building rabbit hutches for our ever growing rabbit family, helping deliver the many animals and exhibits for all out 4-H programs. He taught my sister and I how to change a tire, to change the oil and fluids. He taught us so many of the tools that we would need when we got into the world. He loved my sister and I so much and even though he didn't always understand the struggles we were dealing with he was there to help in anyway he could. He was quick to jump into desperately needed projects when he and mom would come visit. He loved to teach and had a calm spirit about him. I remember when we would go camping and I would remember looking out at him with his pipe, hat, and his hands behind his back just strolling around. He loved being outdoors and exploring. I feel so very blessed at all the amazing things we got to see growing up. My dad was always so willing to take the boys fishing and just teaching, talking, and watching. My dad made this world a much better place to live , and he is so very missed!!!

  8. 14 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don loved family!
    Don loved family!

  9. 14 Jun 2020
    Katrine Clip lit a candle:
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:40:06 AM

  10. 13 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Nov. 2019 trip to Patagonia
    Nov. 2019 trip to Patagonia

  11. 13 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don and Maureen in front of a large Icelandic waterfalls.
    Don and Maureen in front of a large Icelandic waterfalls.

  12. 13 Jun 2020
    Christina Glennon lit a candle:
    Lit since June 13, 2020 at 6:01:32 PM

  13. 13 Jun 2020
    Danielle says:
    Don Picard was my dad. My dad really lived life to the fullest. He was in the military and traveled a fair bit as a result. I remember him telling stories of each place he was stationed and how they went out to explore and to find a little joy. As a father he continued that taking us camping, to national parks, learning to ride and care for horses. When he retired, he and my Mom bought an RV and traveled the United States, visiting friends and family and seeing those things on their list of things to see. That was a start to their adventure as "retired." They did more in their retired lives than most people ever do. I'll never forget him telling me that the day after chemo he had a birding trip to go on. Off he went with more chemo meds in a pump on his shoulder to see the birds he loved. My dad understood that life was hard and that it was what you made of it and he worked very hard, but he also worked hard to find the joy in it. I think that's something we can all do more of in our daily lives. The world lost a kind soul with my dad's passing.

  14. 13 Jun 2020
    Paula Glennon says:
    Don was my brother-in-law and we had such wonderful times when our families got together. I remember our trips to Chicoutimi,Quebec , hiking through the woods, on the look out for moose; fun times in Kittery, Maine; and getting together when Don and Maureen came to Massachusetts. I remember his adventure with his family traveling in a conestoga wagon. Eventually he had great stories to tell us about his adventures with his grandchildren. Family was so very important to him. I will miss those great times and stories. Don will be truly missed.

  15. 12 Jun 2020
    Mary Glennon lit a candle:
    Lit since June 12, 2020 at 6:55:10 PM

  16. 12 Jun 2020
    Mary Glennon says:
    Don was my brother-in- law and friend. He fought cancer the same way he lived - with grace, dignity, and courage. He taught me many things - the importance of family, a love of hiking, the pleasure of kayaking and a passion for birding. He loved and cared for his family and delighted in sharing adventures with them. I will miss our adventures together, but I will always carry him in my heart. Thank you, Don, for sharing your love and joy for life.

  17. 12 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Always ready for a challenge with his Grandchildren and their families.
    Always ready for a challenge with his Grandchildren and their families.

  18. 12 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    His loving sister Terry who helped make his passing easier.
    His loving sister Terry who helped make his passing easier.

  19. 12 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Our Audubon club did a noisy drive by leaving lots of goodies  to celebrate our 50th Anniversary making it a really special covid party.<br />
This was less than a month before Don passed.
    Our Audubon club did a noisy drive by leaving lots of goodies to celebrate our 50th Anniversary making it a really special covid party.
    This was less than a month before Don passed.

  20. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don's side of family.
    Don's side of family.

  21. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Nat. Geo whale watching cruise
    Nat. Geo whale watching cruise

  22. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Family is everything for Don
    Family is everything for Don

  23. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don with his new Son-in-Law Jeff.
    Don with his new Son-in-Law Jeff.

  24. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    In the Fairy Gardens of Blarney Castle Ireland
    In the Fairy Gardens of Blarney Castle Ireland

  25. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Iceland has volcanic areas
    Iceland has volcanic areas

  26. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don on the day he retired from the Air Force
    Don on the day he retired from the Air Force

  27. 10 Jun 2020
    Obituary Admin posted an image:
    Don relaxing at Glacier NP
    Don relaxing at Glacier NP

  28. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don did the Mayor's Fitness challenge and won the top prize for  his participation.
    Don did the Mayor's Fitness challenge and won the top prize for his participation.

  29. 10 Jun 2020
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  30. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don Picard  enjoying our National Park
    Don Picard enjoying our National Park

  31. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don Picard at the retirement of the shuttle
    Don Picard at the retirement of the shuttle

  32. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Don Picard testing paddle bird for 1st time
    Don Picard testing paddle bird for 1st time

  33. 10 Jun 2020
    Maureen Picard posted an image:
    Teaching his granddaughter to canoe and fish
    Teaching his granddaughter to canoe and fish

  34. 09 Jun 2020
    Jennifer Winters lit a candle:
    Lit since June 9, 2020 at 6:22:56 PM

  35. 09 Jun 2020
    Jennifer Winters says:
    I got to meet and get to know Don as he was a loyal member of the Volusia Shorebird Partnership when it was formed in 2009. He was always engaged and excited to participate and help with our efforts. He had an air of excitement about him that was always positive and vibrant. I was pleasantly surprised to see him attend our last meeting as he had already told us that he was resigning in order to focus on his remaining time. I know he lived the best life and took every opportunity to do what made him happy. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

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