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 Donald Lee “Don” Fritzler

Donald Lee “Don” Fritzler

Birth
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 19 Apr 1995 (aged 64)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 17819847 · View Source
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Victim of the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Mr. Fritzler and his wife, Mary Anne, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary the day before the explosion. He was an architect who specialized in designing churches. His wife died in the bombing with him. Don Fritzler was 64 years old.
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Donald L., 64, and Mary Anne Fritzler, 57, both of Oklahoma; parents of Lee Anne Fennell of Silver Spring, MD, and Bryan Fritzler of Neward, DE; grandparents of Allyson Lee Fritzler; Don, an architect at Fritzler & Associates, and Mary Anne, a retired school teacher who managed the Fritzler business; the couple was at the Social Security office to check on retirement benefits for Don.

"They were just the kind of people you wished everybody could be like," said Mike Bass, a Fritzler family friend and business associate. In the two decades Don Bass, Mike's father, knew the couple, he never heard a word uttered against anyone.

Don and Mary Anne Fritzler were people of integrity. "It was always clear (as a child) that the best thing was to go ahead and fess up right away... and be honest about it," recalled Bryan Fritzler, a chemical engineer for DuPont. "Things always went a lot easier for you than if you tried to cover it up." Their parents also taught them to believe in themselves and to always do their best, said Bryan's sister Lee Anne.

Don was himself a well-known church architect who worked in the southwest. "I really can't go anywhere in Oklahoma or Texas that I don't see a memorial to Don", said Mike Bass of his friend's work. Indeed architecture was Don's job and his hobby. "A lot of us show up in the morning and put in our 8 hours and go home," son Bryan said. "I don't think it was like that for (my dad). It was so much fun, and he enjoyed the whole process."

The Fritzlers were member of Quail Springs Baptist Church, a church Don designed and at which Mary Anne taught Sunday School. Just weeks before the bombing, the couple learned they were expecting their first grandchild. Published in The Oklahoma Today, Winter 1996 issue.


Bio by: Ms. Clyde


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Gravesite Details Killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK;

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  • Created by: Sal Mineo Fan
  • Added: 5 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17819847
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Lee “Don” Fritzler (13 Jul 1930–19 Apr 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17819847, citing Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Sal Mineo Fan (contributor 46514858) .