Donald "Don" George Silva 1936-2021
Don Silva was born in the Bronx, New York on April 6, 1936.
Don went to Mt. St. Michael High School in the Bronx, a Catholic High School. He then attended Manhattan College, which was also a Catholic College. Don began dating Ann when they were 15 years old and they married on June 22, 1957 when they both graduated from college.
Don graduated from college as a Civil and Sanitary engineer. He went on to serve in the Air Force and served in Viet Nam from 1969-1970. He had many accomplishments during his long life.
Don retired from the Air Force after 20 years as a Lt. Colonel. He worked in politics for many years as well. After retirement, Don worked for multiple engineering firms and later went to teach at the University of Phoenix. When asked what he taught, he would answer - "Statistics and Quantitative Analysis, the subjects no one else wants to teach".
Don and Ann were the owners of Ann Silva's Sewing Center from 1980 until 2016 when Steve took the business over. Don was the behind the scenes supporter, gave many good ideas and never said 'no' when Ann needed the money to support some expansion.
When they moved to Maricopa, AZ Don was able to indulge in his three favorite hobbies: poker, shooting with the gun club and the Maricopa Investment Club.
Don’s greatest accomplishment and joy was his wonderful family. He is survived by three sons - Michael, Peter and wife - Kim, and Steven and wife - Elizabeth. He had eight grandchildren -Alexandria, Danielle, Nicole, Anthony, Amanda, Marco, Andreas, and Christopher. Lastly, he had three great grandchildren - Scarlett, Sloane, and Cameron. He was looking forward to the arrival of his fourth great grandchild in late June. Don and Ann were married for 63 years when he passed on April 30, 2021. Don made those around him better because of his influence. He was a mentor to many and will not be forgotten.
Rest In Peace, Don Silva
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