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Long time Northern Knight and friend Don Willets passed away September 24, 2009 at the age of 73, due to complications of emphysema and cancer.  Don  served in the US Navy  as a flight mechanic, serving aboard  the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt where he nurtured his love for aviation.  In civilian life he was a theatrical stage hand and electrician.

Because of his health Don seldom visited the flying field during the past year or so and many newer members might not have known him, but Don loved to build radio-controlled model airplanes and was considered by many as a master builder.  His ability to cover an airplane was exceptional, and his airplanes always stood out from others for their beauty and trim coordination.  His wife related that a number of times when Don would place one of his airplanes for sale on consignment at the local hobby shop, it would be sold before he could return home. 

We have lost a true friend, both to those that knew him, and to our great hobby.  Don will be greatly missed.


Submitted byDwayne Thomas

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