Donald Boyd Fitzwater, 83 years of age, of Beatrice, passed away at the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center Friday morning, June 19, 2015. He was born on December 06, 1931 at Filley, Neb., to Ben and Gertrude (Thomsen) Fitzwater. He moved to Beatrice at the age of 4, attended Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Beatrice High School in 1949. He earned his private pilot license in 1951. The commercial and flight instructor ratings he achieved in 1953.
He worked with his father building houses until 1954 when he was hired by the Beatrice Airport to be airport manager, a position he held for 46 years, retiring January 1, 2000. Don held the title of being the only airport manager at the same airport for 46 years and served as chairman of the Airport Authority from 2000 to 2014. He married Evalyn Barnard May 21, 1955.
During the 50s, 60s and 70s, Don did flight instruction and flew charters throughout the Midwest. He was squadron commander of the Civil Air Patrol Chapter, one of the founders of the Flying Conestogas (an aviation and airport booster organization), instrumental in putting up the Air Force Jet at the Airport, and was one ... Read More