Donald John Gavato, 83, passed away peacefully in his home on November 10, 2012. He was born to Grace and Constantino Gavoto on April 19, 1929, in Pueblo, Colo. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary; and sons, Donald II, Dan (Debby) and Dave (Sylvia); five grandchildren, Grace, Wil, Aaron, Joey and James; sisters, Estelle Minatta, Laura Gavoto; sister-in-law, Patricia Dichard; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. After graduating from Central High School in 1947, Don worked for CF&I for 42 years. He was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force. Don always opened his home to family and friends, enjoying the conversations and company. He will be remembered for his funny jokes and stories. He loved golf, twice scoring a hole-in-one. Don was an avid reader of western novels. He enjoyed puzzles, poker and Cripple Creek trips with his wife. He was a member of the Eagles #145 and Elks #90. He was a volunteer for the Minnequa Works and Power Credit Union Committees. Don was a Notre Dame and Yankee fan. Rosary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012. Both services at St. Mary's Church, 307 E. Mesa Ave. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church or Sangre de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Don, So sorry to hear about your dad. I know my dad enjoyed working with him at District 60 ballgames back in the day. He was a really cool guy. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you soon. Joe

  2. Dear Dave and family you have my deepest sympathy! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers! Sincerely Bethany Kostecka and family

  3. Dearest Mary and family,
    Rich and I just wanted to tell you what a pleasure it has been knowing you and Don through our Moonlighters league. You both made us feel so welcome all those years ago. Please know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. If there is anything at all we can do you know how to get ahold of us. Love you….

  4. Dear Mary, Dave and family
    Remembering Don will be so easy; he was a genuine good friend to everyone. His kind and friendly appearance was a blessing to all who knew him. God bless all of you during these coming days. Bernice Krasovec

  5. Dear Gavato family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Although my brothers were over there more then i, I wlll carry with me his smile. Seems like everytime I was there he always had a smile on that never seemed to leave. He has left a wonderful legacy in his sons, and given me another brother, Donny. God bless you all, Missy Maguire

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