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Updated: 04/27/2014 08:00:01AM

Donald A. Craft

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Donald A. Craft, 85, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in his sleep, with his longtime companion, Joyce Schlag, by his bedside.

He was born Nov. 20, 1928, in Princeton, Minn.

Donald retired after 30 years with the Sarasota County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office as a Lieutenant of Special Operations. He was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a member of the NRA, and a skilled marksman.

Donald will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Jean Craft Ameling; granddaughter, Julia Ameling; and his son-in-law, Joseph H. Ameling. Donald was preceded in death by his brother, Sgt. Charles J. Craft; his beloved mother, Hazel Durbin Craft; and his father, Percy Craft.

A gathering to Remember and Celebrate his life will be held between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, May 3, 2014, at his residence. You may express your condolences to the family at

Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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