April 29, 2024 at 3:20 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2024 at 3:20 p.m.

McKenzie, Dr. Donald O.

Dr. Donald O. McKenzie, age 80, of Mt. Horeb, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at his home. He was born September 12, 1943 in Hazel Green. The son of Eileen and Doug McKenzie. He married Carolyn Fitzsimons on July 1, 1967 in Dodgeville.

Don attended high school in Mineral Point 1958-1962. During high school he participated in several sports including football, basketball and track. In 1961 and 1962 Mineral Point high school were state champions in track and field in which Don ran relays. Donald attended college at Iowa State and UW Platteville. He completed a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1966. He also attended Optometric school at Indiana University, completing his doctorate in Optometry in 1972.

He started his private practice in Optometry in the communities of Platteville, Dodgeville and Fennimore between the years of 1972 and 1973. Dr. McKenzie (aka Dr Don) valued giving back to his community where he ensured all members of the community were able to afford good optometric healthcare.

Hobbies for Don were travel, tennis, racquetball, bicycling and politics. He was known within the family to have a love of fine food, wine, and grocery shopping.

He is preceded in death by his mother; Eileen, his brother; Douglas; and his father, Doug.

Don is survived by; his wife, Carolyn; his daughters, Bree and Blythe; his sister in law, Kay McKenzie; his mother's husband, “Grandpa” Gerald Jacobson; his first cousin and good friend; Cheryl and many relatives.

A Public Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or a charity of your choice.

If you would like to send flowers for the service, please contact White Rose Florist in Dodgeville, WI.

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