Donald McKillop
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 6, 1940
  • Place of birth:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 7, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    San Diego, California, United States
If I could turn back the clock that's what I would do. And I would live again those happy years that I shared with you.

Donald A. “Don” McKillop, age 71, of San Diego, CA passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

Don was born October 6, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Isaac Andrew McKillop and Marvel McKillop Strohe.

After Don graduated from St. George Catholic High School (Chicago) in 1958, he attended St. Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, IN), and later transferred and graduated from Bradley University (Peoria, IL) in 1962. Upon graduation, Don enlisted himself into the United States Navy and graduated from Officer Candidate School (Newport, RI) in December of 1962. Don was a Lieutenant on the U.S.S. Vance, stationed out of Pearl Harbor, HI. After serving, Don graduated with a Masters of Business Administration at Southern California University in 1971. From there Don reached the position of vice president in the financial services industry before retiring to San Diego, CA.

Don enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of USC Trojan football. In his business career he crossed paths with many of his favorite athletes, and was never too shy to strike up a conversation with them. Don also enjoyed traveling, visiting four different continents, but his favorite spot was Point Loma in San Diego.

Don is survived by his son Andrew (Sara) McKillop, two sisters Frances Thiry and Linda (Calvin) Henry, nephew and godson Bill Thiry, nieces Kathy (Bruce) Kramer and Lori (Scott) Cheyne, nephew and godson Christopher Henry, and cousin Terry (Darline) McKillop.

The ACCU CARE Cremation Center, Fullerton CA is serving his family.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Carmel Mountain Rehabilitation & Healthcare, San Diego, CA for the care they provided to Donald over the last few years.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Fran Thiry on 7th February 2017

"Don, miss you today and always. Love Fran"

This tribute was added by Linda Henry on 7th October 2016

"Thinking of you on your birthday, Don. We will miss you at Fran's birthday party. Love, Linda"

This tribute was added by Fran Thiry on 7th October 2016

"Remembering you today..love you and miss you. Fran"

This tribute was added by David Lambert on 11th December 2015

"I went to St. George H.S and Navy OCS with Don. We shared time in Hawaii while in the Navy. He was a good friend but over the years lost touch. We shared a lot together and I do think of him on many occasions."

This tribute was added by William Benjamin on 7th October 2015

"I also was thinking about Don yesterday.  His name crosses my mind on several other days during the year.  He will forever be a big part of my childhood memories."

This tribute was added by Fran Thiry on 6th October 2015

"Love you and miss you every day.."

This tribute was added by Linda Henry on 6th October 2015

"Aloha, Don. You always loved Hawaii so much. Thinking of you today and always, with my love."

This tribute was added by Fran Thiry on 7th February 2015

"I will always love and miss my brother Don."

This tribute was added by David Lambert on 13th November 2014

"Don and I went to St. Timothy's and Saint George and went through Navy OCS together.  Many good times together. We caught up during the service in Hawaii and San Diego.  Lost touch over the years but have many fond memories."

This tribute was added by William Benjamin on 7th October 2014

"My brother Tom and I will never forget Don.  He was such a big part of our lives growing up in the Chicago neighborhood of Edgebrook and then attending college together at Bradley University.  RIP, my friend."

This tribute was added by Fran Thiry on 6th October 2014

"Love you Don and miss you..I was talking to you this morning. I'm sure you were listening.."

This tribute was added by Linda Henry on 6th October 2014

"Hi Don, thinking of you today and always. With my love, Linda"

This tribute was added by Thomas Jaras on 14th November 2013

"I served with Don on the USS Vance but lost track of him after I left in 1964. He is mentioned in my memoir of the Vance years. www.inthetrough.net. Don, or "Salts" as he was called, was a friend, a shipmate and a goodhearted person. Should the family want to hear a few sea stories about "Salts", I can be reached via the website."

This tribute was added by Linda Henry on 6th October 2013

"Thinking of Don with love today and always."

This tribute was added by William Benjamin on 6th October 2013

"My brother Tom and I still talk about Don.  We hope he remains at peace and thank him for the great childhood memories he has left for both of us."

This tribute was added by Linda Henry on 8th February 2013

"God bless you, Bill. I see why Don always said you were a great friend. Yes, I was sad today, too. Went to mass for Don this morning. I hope he is in heaven and enjoying himself. I hope he knows we are thinking of him with love."

This tribute was added by William Benjamin on 7th February 2013

"A sad one-year anniversary.   Hope Don is at peace.   When it's my turn, maybe Don, my brother and I will reconnect.   Wouldn't that be great."

This tribute was added by William Benjamin on 6th October 2012

"It's hard to believe that Don would have turned 72 today.  So many, many years have passed since he, my brother and I spent countless house together in Edgebrook and at Bradley Univ.  I will always remember him and his boundless sense humor."

This tribute was added by William Benjamin on 24th September 2012

"I was so very sorry to hear the news.  Don was special to me and my brother,Tom.  The three of us grew up together in the beautiful Chicago neighborhood of Edgebrook. Tom and I still have fond memories of all the times Don was at our home on Louise Ave and the countless hours we spent playing golf at Bill Caldwell G.C. during our teen years.  RIP, Mr Donald Andrew McKillop."

This tribute was added by Jennifer McKillop Dugdale on 9th April 2012

"My brother, John, and I are very upset by this loss which we just learned.  While we were not in touch with our father, Don, over the last 20 years, we would be so happy to hear from any of the McKillop family members.  Don was also survived by his children Jennifer and John and 3 grandchildren:  my daughter, Isabelle, 14yrs and my son Cole, 11yrs, and John's son Ethan, 7yrs.  With love."

This tribute was added by BILL THIRY on 12th March 2012

"I will always remember my Uncle and Godfather from the times I spent with him while growing up. His love for Football and the Navy stand out foremost in my mind. Later in life we fell out of touch while he was living overseas and then due to his illness. I always still loved him and he knew that . Andy, he loved you the most and I am sorry for your loss! Andy I look forward to seeing you.."

This tribute was added by kathleen mauck on 16th February 2012

"As a long, long time friend of Linda's, I was sad to hear of Don's passing. To Andrew, although I've never met you, I am sure the McKillop spirit is within you...from your Grandpa and Grandma, your Mom and Dad! I am sorry for your loss. And to Linda, dear friend...now your bro is keeping your Mom entertained! Love to you and the dear family that supported Don all these years."

This tribute was added by Linda Henry on 13th February 2012

"I miss my brother, Don. Always gregarious, he used the Internet to socialize with friends from Chicago and the Navy. He enjoyed the Lakers and USC football. His fondest memories were times spent with his son, Andy. In recent years he suffered physically and mentally, and is now at peace."

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