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Donald D. Littlefield

Donald D. Littlefield

Died: Friday, June 11, 2004
Age: 83
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Donald D. Littlefield, 83, died Friday, June 11, 2004.

Mr. Littlefield was born June 20, 1920, and graduated from Southeastern High School. He received a music scholarship from the University of Miami, Fla., which was interrupted by World War II. During the war, he served in the Army Air Force as a B-29 pilot. He was based on Tinnian Island in the Pacific, where he flew bombing missions over Japan and received the Air Medal with oak-leaf clusters. After the war, Mr. Littlefield earned his bachelorís degree from the University of Miami in vocal music and his masterís degree in music education from Wayne State University.

He taught in the Detroit school system for 41 years as a teacher of music and a counselor at Southeastern High School, and as assistant principal at Webber Middle School. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Littlefield was tenor soloist in choirs at several Detroit area churches and synagogues. He played the double bass in Grosse Pointe Symphony, Macomb Symphony, Windsor Community Orchestra and the St. Clair Shores Symphony. He was past president of Grosse Pointe Chamber Music and a member of the Detroit Federation of Musicians for over 50 years. He also played and sang with the Frank Sidney recording band, the Dick Stein dance band, the Mack Pitt orchestra and Mel Standerís ďGentlemen of Swing.Ē

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Delores (Parham); daughter, Diane (Steven) Kegler; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Littlefield was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Lenehan Willett.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson, Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grosse Pointe Symphony, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214.
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