Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 11, 2020.
FRANCIS J. DONATO "Frank"
Francis J. “Frank” Donato, 87, of Edenton, NC, formerly of
Washington, DC, and Williamsburg, VA, died peacefully at
his home on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
Born on August 7, 1933 in Washington, DC, he was the son
of the late John B. and Marguerite DiMisa Donato.
A graduate of Gonzaga High School (1951), he attended
the University of Maryland until serving in the U.S. Army as an
MP during the Korean War.
He retired from federal service after a lengthy career as a master bookbinder, printing
specialist, and contracting officer with the Government Printing Office in both DC and
Langley AFB offices.
In retirement, he also worked for more than a decade as a contractor with the DOD at
Through the years, he enjoyed spending his time building his home on the Outer Banks,
vegetable gardening, fishing, picking crabs, and “do-it-yourself” projects—he had a tool for
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Salvatore J. Donato.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 60 years, Mary A. “Aggie” Donato; their children, Timothy
(Kitty), Christopher (Maureen), and Colleen; and granddaughters, Laura and Francesca.
A memorial service with military honors, followed by inurnment, will be held at a later time
in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church, P.
O. Box 422, Edenton, NC 27932; to Feline Hope Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 893, Kitty
Hawk, NC 27949, (online at www.felinehope.org); to The Salvation Army, (online at www.
give.salvationarmyusa.org/Donate-Online/Change-A-Life); or to a charity of choice.
Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, is handling arrangements and
online condolences may be made by visiting www.millerfhc.com