BETTENDORF -- A Celebration of Life Gathering to celebrate the life of Domenic “Don” and Dr. Dianne Giammetta will be from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave,, Rock Island. There will be a time of sharing special stories and memories from 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home has been entrusted with assisting the family with arrangements.
Don and Dianne, married May 10th 1997, left this world together on May 12 2017, in an accident while traveling to Florida to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.
Domenic “Don”, 69, a resident of Bettendorf, was born August 14, 1947, in Davenport. He was the son of Donato F. and Angeline A. (Guzzo) Giammetta and graduated from Davenport West High School class of 1966.
Don was a hard working young man with an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit, buying his now well known company while he was still in high school. It all started as an auto repair business on his parent's property leading him to eventually determine he needed a wrecker to help haul cars home to be fixed. This investment led to the purchase of a second wrecker, and before long, his business was growing. He later approached his friend, the owner of Fred’s 66 Gas Station about buying the business outright. Fred said, “If you get the money, it’s yours," and sure enough Don came right back with a loan and was handed the keys. From that day forward Fred’s Towing has grown through his insight, hard work, careful guidance and business sense. Integral to that success was his son Michael who began following in his footsteps as a teenager and has been his right hand for the past 28 years. Don’s grandson Anthony has continued the legacy by joining the team four years ago. Today they are well known in the wrecking industry and specialize in heavy wrecking, towing and transportation of heavy equipment locally and cross country. Car Dead? Call Fred!
While work was the main focus of his life, his real love was for his wife and family. Don and Dianne were the center of a large and beautiful family. Hosting elaborate gatherings at Birthdays, Easter, Fourth of July and Christmas. They both passed on their knowledge and wisdom to the grandchildren. Dianne taught the girls to play piano, bake and nurtured their inquisitive natures. Don taught the grandkids to fish, drive boats, and stand up for themselves and their family. He would put on yearly fireworks displays to the delight of his neighbors and each year Fred’s would participate in the Halloween Parade with his family and friends, even winning an award for an outstanding display. Dianne was known for her exceptional handmade costumes and there was never a more incredible Captain Hook than Don. They all cherished time spent at their river escape and in Florida. He had many dear friends including his weekly poker night and golf buddies that met for over twenty-five years.
Those left to honor their memory include Don’s children, Gina (Brian) Bubon, Michele (Steve) Heskett and Michael (Geri Doyle) Giammetta from his first marriage (Joyce M. Imming in 1966), all from Davenport. He will be greatly missed by his four beloved grandchildren, Nicole, Anthony, Madysen and Sydney; his parents, Donato “Don” and Angeline Giammetta, Davenport; and siblings, David (Kay) Giammetta, Macon, Ga.; Roseanne (Andy) Dibbern, and Annamarie (Cliff) Piggott, all of Davenport, and Dan Giammetta, Macon, Ga.; as well as loving nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Giammetta. May they rest in peace.
Memorials can be made to Gilda’s Club of the Quad-Cities in lieu of flowers.
Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed to the family by visiting Don’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com