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Donald R. Bull

February 4, 2016
Lake Placid News

Donald Ross Bull, born Oct. 16, 1922, in Saranac Lake to parents M. Alta and Seth W. Bull of Lake Placid, passed Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

Always living an active life, Don competed on the ski team, played soccer, played in the school band and ran track for Lake Placid High School, lettering in all. The family owned Bull's General Store on Mill Hill in Lake Placid. Don took full advantage of the winter wonderland around him and enjoyed speedskating and ski jumping.

Don joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and served in Honolulu and the greater Pacific Ocean theater. During a search mission in 1944, his plane suffered from engine failure and went down. Don was one of only two survivors and endured a night in a life raft before being picked up by a merchant ship.

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After returning from duty, Don attended Northrop University and later went on to UCLA, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering; he was certified by the state of California as a civil engineer. He worked for 32 years at Air Research, Northrop and TRW as a project engineer.

Don met Jean Lucille Graves skiing Badger Pass in Yosemite. The two were married Aug. 12, 1950. They enjoyed three rambunctious children, homesteading a desert cabin out of Twentynine Palms, waterskiing behind the Bullship and living life to the fullest. Once retired, the two escaped to the Pacific Northwest, mainly Oregon and Washington, in their motor home every summer for 17 years where they volunteered as campground hosts. Don was a member of the Order of the Elks. For the last five years, the esteemed duo has resided in Palm Desert Country Club, California, where he was a committed member of the computer club and the putting club.

Don is survived by his wife, Jean Lucille Bull; three children: William Carl Bull and his wife Judy, Barbara Jean Rankin, and Douglas Graves Bull and his wife Jill; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Jeff and Shana Bull and their son Ryeson, Kelly and Edgar Duran and their daughter Amelie, Steve and Dawn Rankin and their daughter Zoe, Kristen and Buck Draney and their children Mari and Colten, Marina Bull and her daughter Rylee, and Kacey Bull; his sister Arlene B. Smith and her husband Norm; and of course the beloved dog, Jack.

The memorial service will be held at the National Cemetery in Riverside, California, at a later date.

Don was ardently loved and will be remembered as a devoted husband, a man of keen intelligence dedicated to all he put his mind to, and will be vehemently missed. You're our Main Man.



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