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Don Ray Tyler

September 16, 1946 ~ December 8, 2021 (age 75)

Obituary

Don Ray Tyler, 75 of Thurmont, Maryland passed away on Dec. 8, 2021, at Frederick Health Hospital
where he left his earthly home to go to his heavenly home.
Don fought a valiant fight for 9 years against Parkinsons Disease. Even while fighting this dreaded
disease, he always said he was a blessed man. He was born Sept. 16, 1946, in Clifton Forge, Va. He was
the son of the late William Edward Tyler and Aline Virginia Jeffries Tyler. He was a Christian with a strong
faith and loved his family. He was an organ donor.
In 1966 Don married G. Darlene Six. They traveled extensively throughout the US., sharing many great
adventures together especially out West. He is also survived by children, Shawn Tyler, Shane Tyler, and
Shannon Wetzel (Mike). Grandchildren, Bryson Tyler, Brayden Tyler, Madison Wetzel, Dalton Wetzel,
and Zoe Wetzel. He is survived by brothers, Norman (Barb), William (Betty Ann), David (Lynn) sister,
Bonnie (Danny). He was preceded in death by 3 siblings.
Don was a Martial Arts instructor at various schools including Mt. Saint Mary's Univ., Gettysburg College
and Fort Ritchie. He enjoyed traveling, going to auctions, watching westerns, listening to country music
and was an avid reader. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a mountain boy at
heart.
In 1965 Don served an 8,000-hour apprenticeship program at Frick Company in Waynesboro, PA. In1969
Don went into commercial construction with Standard Acoustics. While working at Standard Don’s
leadership skills shined and were quickly noticed enabling him to begin overseeing large projects. While
with Standard, Don was recruited by Sigal Construction in Wash. DC as a trouble shooter traveling to
different locations in the US and Israel. This led to him becoming a Senior Superintendent. In 1994 he
joined Hitt Contracting. After retiring from Hitt he was recruited by Marion Construction. He rose from
humble beginnings to become a highly respected and sought-after Senior Superintendent, receiving
many letters of accommodations. He worked on; Sibley Hospital, American University College of Law,
United Airlines, Gannett Towers, Kennedy Center, Korean Embassy, MCI World Headquarters and GW
University Law School just to name a few. He was very honored during his career to meet Judge Anthony
Scalise.
The family wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to Frederick Health Center, Citizens
Rehabilitation, Hospice and special neighbors Matt and Jen Rolko. Donations in Don's name can be made
to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Avenue, Frederick, Md21701 or The Michael J Fox Foundation
for Parkinsons Research, PO Box 5024, Hagerstown, Md21741. A Memorial Service will be held on a
later date.
Don’s care has been entrusted to Black’s Funeral Home.

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