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Obituary (NM): Donald Michael Tobolski '62

Posted on 03/01/2018

Donald Michael Tobolski retired LCDR, US Navy was born April 12, 1938 and passed February 25, 2018. Donald was born in South Bend, IN to Eileen and Leo Tobolski now deceased. He married Masae Shinzato in Okinawa, Japan on White Beach Naval Base May 25, 1978.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Tobolski. He is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Janet Tobolski of South Bend, IN; sister, Eileen Tobolski of Indianapolis, IN; his sister-in-law, Jerri Tobolski of Plymouth, IN; five nieces and nephews; and many grand nieces and nephews.

Donald graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1962 and was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1982. The retired LCDR served in Vietnam War and received a Silver Star, Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and many combat medals, citations and ribbons. Donald liked fishing, bowling with Masae, watching basketball, football and baseball games. He also liked to go to Las Vegas, NV to watch Lobo tournament basketball games. Masae was the love of his life!

Cremation has taken place and Donald will be laid to rest in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Donald at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 1, 2018