Donald W. Sharon, 93, of Pompton Plains, died Sunday, December 19, 2021.
Born in Urbana, Missouri, Donald was the son of Ora Earl and Ann Marie McClanahan-Sharon. At the age of 17, he left home and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. His career as a Marine brought him to stations throughout the world, including service in the Korean War. For his brave and skillful actions in battles held in August of 1950 and November of 1950, he was awarded Silver Stars. Donald served as a Marine for 23 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1967.
Though Donald moved quite a bit as a career serviceman, he settled in Bakersfield, California with his wife, Gladys, to raise their two children, Donald Sharon Jr. and Marilyn Sharon. Sadly, Donald's first marriage ended in divorce.
Retiring from the Marines, Donald continued his career working in logistics for JC Penny and Alexander's Department Stores. While living in New York City, he met Pauline Bellini out at a bar one evening. The two began dating in 1969, and finally eloped in Las Vegas in 1991.
Donald and Pauline loved nothing more than visiting their vacation home at Hunter Mountain in upstate New York, where Pauline patiently taught Donald how to ski. They were constant entertainers at their getaway home, but also loved to travel the world, skiing all the big mountains.
The couple lived in Union City, NJ, for a short time before retiring to Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains 16 years ago. A quiet man, Donald enjoyed reading murder mysteries, or watching them on television. He was always surrounded by Pauline's large, Italian family, and will forever be remembered for his sweet, quiet and respectful demeanor.
Donald is survived by his son, Donald Sharon Jr. and his wife Dottie; his daughter, Marilyn Sharon; his grandchildren, Jessica Sharon, Eddie Sharon, Diego and Andres Sharon and his wife Christine, his great grandchildren, Raven, Luna, Joaquin and Salvador; and his nieces and nephews, Marietta Pedano and her husband Mike, Fran Dettra and her husband Jack, Paula Franchini, and Michael Rinaldi and his wife Bianca; as well as his great-nieces and nephews, Krysty Lynn, Stephanie, Gina, Ashley, Jaclyn, Nicole, Micaela, Michael Jr., and Bailey.
A graveside service will be held 2 pm Wednesday, December 22, at Madonna Cemetery in Fort Lee. The service will be live streamed and can be viewed here: https://livestream.com/aritonvideolive/donald
In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald's memory to the Cedar Crest Benevolent Care Fund, 1 Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 would be greatly appreciated by Donald's family.