Donald Crabtree, 54

Donald David Crabtree, age 54, of Mendon, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born May 10, 1957, in Three Rivers, a son of Joel and Margaret (Bubetz) Crabtree, and was a lifetime resident of the Mendon area.

He graduated from Mendon High School in 1975. After an accident left him paralyzed 32 years ago, Donald went back to school and received his associates degree at Glen Oaks Community College. He enjoyed working with his computer, and was a big wrestling fan.

Donald is survived by his parents, Joel and Margaret Crabtree of Mendon; two sisters, Deborah (Tim) Johnson of Centreville and Karen Peer of Plainfield, Ind.; his twin brother, Daniel J. (Paulyn) Crabtree of Houston; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and a special friend, Laura.

Cremation has been conducted, and the family will announce plans for a memorial service in the spring of 2012.

Memorials may be directed to Three Rivers Health Home Care, 222 S. Main, Three Rivers, MI 49093.

An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at

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