Details for Donald Lord

Donald Barrett Lord, 79, of Traverse City, Michigan, and The Villages, FL passed away peacefully on November 24, 2019. With his wife, children and grandchildren surrounding him in his final days, Don remained the strong and honorable example he had been all of his life.

Don was born in Saginaw, MI on April 26, 1940 to Frank C. and Gertrude (Barrett) Lord. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1958 having lettered in tennis and then Central Michigan University in 1963 with a degree in secondary education. Don was married to Wanda Harris in 1964 marking the beginning of their 56 year union. Earning his masters from Michigan State University in 1974, he began his passion for his beloved Spartans.

Don was an educator at Bridgeport-Spaulding High School for 33 years (1963-1995) and turned his love of athletics into a 50 year career of officiating football, basketball, baseball and volleyball for the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Don is survived by his wife Wanda, daughter, Kristina (John) Schnepf, son, Steven Allan Lord, granddaughters, Kate and Libby Schnepf, grandson, Jack Barrett Lord, sister-in-law, Kay (Robert) Lord Hoffman, niece, Lynn (Mike) Schick and nephews, Mike (Kathy) Pratt and Robert J. Lord.

A memorial service honoring Don will take place on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI, 49684.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund, 500 Federal Ave., Saginaw, Michigan 48607.

"Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it." Harki Murakami

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Don's family at his tribute page at

The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.