Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:32pm caleb
Donald “Duke” LaMotte, 84, of Grayling, MI, passed away peacefully in his home on May 19, 2022 from complications with congestive heart failure.
Duke was born February 21, 1938, to Walter and Anna LaMotte in Grayling. He was the fifth of seven sons in a small house on Brink St. After graduating from Grayling High School in 1957, he enlisted in the Army and served our country for 6 years. After his enlistment, he returned to make Grayling his home, where he worked for A&P Tea Company for 15 years, Krumrei Beverage/Fabiano Bros for 15 years, and Wolohan Lumber/Central Michigan Lumber until his retirement.
Duke loved surrounding himself with family and friends. Earlier in life when his body still let him, he enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, throwing horseshoes, picking blueberries, and coaching sports, namely as a youth bowling instructor and beer league softball manager. Later in life, he loved watching his grandkids grow up, spending time in his garage building birdhouses, playing cards with friends, or in his favorite recliner watching westerns, doing sudoku and watching Detroit sports.
Duke is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Carol, son John (Janel) Herrick of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, daughter Kim Herrick of Grayling, daughter Lisa (Dennis) Kreger of Johannesburg, MI, son Curt (Kris) LaMotte of Royal Oak, MI, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and brothers Curly and Tom. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Kevin, grandchild, Tyson and brothers Walt, Jerry, Roy, and Larry. He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
At the wishes of Duke, the family is planning a small, private celebration of life with family and friends in the summer of 2022.