Donald E. Borton


CHASE — Donald E. Borton, 69, of Chase, and formerly of Morenci,  died on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1946, in Morenci, to the late Max D. and Stella M. (Horn) Borton. Don graduated from Morenci High School in 1965. He was a member of the Morenci American Legion and the 700 Club.  Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was a "prankster" to those who knew him and he loved to make people smile.

Survivors include Paula Borton, of Chase; three daughters, Diana Jacobson and Misty Anyanwu, both of Grand Rapids, and Christy (Doug) Wallace, of Reed City; three sons, Timothy (Shirley) Jacobson, of Evart, Barry Borton, of Chase and Donald E. Borton Jr., of Grand Rapids; one sister, Patricia Hephner, of Hudson; 11 grandchildren, Justin, Timothy, Jessica, Amanda, Saida, Najma, T. J., Celeste, Summer, Dillan and Max; and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Alliah.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Larry Borton; and a brother-in-law, Marvin Hephner.

Funeral services for Don were on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at at the Eagle Funeral Home — Charles Fink Chapel, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the Morenci American Legion.

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