Meredith (McLemore) Bragg
posted on 7/4/19
I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Donald. I have been wanting to reach out to him for many years now, and never had the courage. Now it is to late, and I have learned one of the biggest life lessons about regret. Donald was married to my grandmother back in the 80’s in Dallas. He was our grandfather growing up. (My sister and I). We loved him dearly. I googled him many times over the years, and learned of him relocating to Florida and getting remarried. I always wondered if he ever thought of us or even remembered us. I was scared to reach out, because I didn’t want to burden him and the new life he had made. It was heartbreaking for my sister and I to lose him as children. We lost a grandfather and couldn’t understand why. I wish I could have told him how much he was loved and missed all these years. I wish I could have told him how special he was, and how admired he was. I guess that’s why I’m writing on here today. It is July 4th. We always think of you on this day and all you did for our country. I googled you again yesterday and found out about your passing. I was extremely saddened, but I know you are up there in heaven looking down on all your loved ones. I hope you didn’t forget about michelle and I, because we never forgot about you. May you Rest In Peace “Don Don.” We love you so much, and we will always cherish the memories we shared with you. My condolences to all his family and friends. ❤️
Vernon Messer, CWO (USA) Ret.
posted on 9/10/18
Oppreso Libre Sir. May you rest in peace on the DZ in the sky. God Bless.
posted on 7/28/18
Don Jutz! Zorro! I barely feel worthy of being his friend but I am glad that I was. I'm a civilian and never flew missions with Don. Never put my life at risk for my fellow man like Don did. During the 25 years I knew him in Panama City, I heard the stories, not often, because Don was not a braggart, but little by little a picture was painted of a man with an amazing amount of courage and determination.
When Don walked into a room it lit up, he had a big smile and a big booming voice and I was always glad to see him.Don was a generous and kind hearted sole who lived life to the fullest.At eighty years old he was still driving 40,000 miles a year. He was like the energizer bunny, there was no stopping him.I think he made his last parachute jump at 70 or 75 years old!
He had so much respect for the men he served with. He was always driving to events and funerals to show last respects, sometimes as far as England.
I will miss Don, as I am sure many others will but I feel I will see him again someday in the not too distant future.
Kudos to Bob and his wife, I witnessed how they took care of Bob and it showed me what brotherly love really means. I am inspired by the Jutz family. God Bless , your friend Mike.
Everyone that attended commented on what a wonderful service it was for my mom. Thank you for helping me through this most difficult time in my life.
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