It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald G. McMillan, 61, of Navesink. Donald passed peacefully at Riverview Hospital Sept. 6. Donald was born at Patterson Army Hospital to Col. Richard J. McMillan and Gertrude McMillan (Van Kirk). He was brought up in Navesink and lived in Sea Bright prior to returning to Navesink some 30 years ago.
Donald graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Monmouth University. He was employed by the federal government at NOAA, Sandy Hook, as a marine biologist. His career there spanned a 35-year period, and he retired in 2013.
Donald was a Renaissance man. His life was filled with his many passions; his daughter was always No. 1 on his list. Donald was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, baker and cook. He had an outgoing personality, was most humorous, very compassionate and caring. He mentored students on the vastness and beauty of the ocean while instilling in them the importance of respecting and protecting the environment. Donald was community minded and for years volunteered at the Navesink Fire Department for a multitude of functions and projects.
Donald was predeceased by his mother and father, Gertrude and Richard McMillan of Navesink, his brothers Michael McMillan of Eatontown and Richard J. McMillan of Sea Bright, and brother-in-law John Cain of John’s Creek, Georgia.
He is survived by his devoted and loving daughter Caden McMillan of Navesink; sister Suzie Teehan and brother-in law Dennis Teehan of Loganville, Georgia; sister Maryann Cain of John’s Creek, Georgia; and devoted sister-in-law Chris Doxey McMillan of Sea Bright. He is also survived by his nephews, Richard McMillan and Paul McMillan of Florida; Shawn and Denny Teehan of Loganville, Georgia; niece Jennie Hess and her husband Trey of Monroe, Georgia; niece Jennifer Reed and husband Thomas Reed of Belair, Maryland; niece Maggie Luzzi and husband Steven Luzzi of Spring Lake; niece Betsy Callaghan and husband Barry Callaghan of Spring Lake; and many loving grandnieces and nephews.
Services for Donald are private. He has requested a Celebration of Life gathering for friends and family at a later date. Memorial donations to Donald’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, may be made stjude.org/donate.
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