Donald J. Verity
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In Memory of
Donald J. Verity
January 20, 1938 - March 10, 2020
Donald J. Verity, age 82, a long-time resident of Dunnellon, FL, died March 10, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy (Mullin) Verity; daughter Suzanne M. Verity of Atlanta; son Donald J. Verity, III, of Ocala, FL; brothers Raymond Verity (Janice) and Thomas Verity (Paulette); brother-in-law Gerald Mullin; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and namesake, Donald J. Verity, and mother, Pauline G. Tracy.
Don was born in Hempstead, NY, and spent his childhood there. After graduating from Wellington C. Mepham High School, he moved with his family to South Florida in the late 1950s. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, for a short time before transferring to the University of Miami. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and, subsequently, a Master of Business Administration. Don had a long and successful career in Computer Science, most notably at Burger King Corp., where he led disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Andrew took down the company's global data center. He, Nancy and several other family members relocated to Colorado Springs, CO, after the storm, where he was employed by MCI.
Upon retiring in 2001, the couple moved to Dunnellon, FL. Don launched a second career in real estate, specializing in properties in Rainbow Springs. He appreciated the community's natural beauty and loved spending time with his many friendly neighbors, especially his Friday breakfast buddies. He served as president of the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce in 2006.
Whether it was work or his hobbies and pastimes, Don did everything with gusto. He was a diehard Miami Hurricanes/Dolphins fan. He was an avid scuba diver and a certified Dive Master and Open Water Instructor. His beloved dog Bandit and her predecessors always put a smile on Don's face. He loved the American West, especially with Nancy by his side or a fly rod in hand.
We'll share memories of Don and celebrate his life at a later date, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, a gift to the Humane Society of Marion County, a cause close to Don's heart, would be appreciated. His family also welcomes donations in his name to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Share your memories or express your condolences by signing the Guest Book at Legacy.com