Hon. Donald R. Grant
August 8, 1924 – January 25, 2019
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith": 2 Timothy, 4, 7. Beneath the judicial façade he wore in public, lie the soul and heart of a little boy, eagerly awaiting the next adventure and anticipating what lie just beyond the horizon.
On the 25th day of January 2019, at age 94 and almost 1/2 years, Don was "lifted up on eagles' wings" to join his Creator and rest in eternal peace after a long life filled with a mixture of joy, accomplishments, some sorrow and sadness. He was a man of many interests and accomplishments; an intelligent and inquisitive man with a good sense of humor and unending curiosity about the world around him; he had boundless energy and a love of life which he lived to the fullest.
Born on the 8th of August 1924; parents, Margarete Eleanor Sophia Rottmann and Andrew Grant. Raised by his single parent mother after his father abandoned the young family, Don grew up in Lincoln and developed into an inquisitive child who loved to explore his surroundings and learned to make friends readily. He attended Bancroft and Elliot Grade Schools, Irving Jr. High and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942. He started college at UNL in the fall, was drafted into the U.S. Army, completed OCS, commissioned a second lieutenant, fought in and survived the Battle of Okinawa, receiving the Purple Heart.
Following his discharge in 1946, Don resumed his college career. He graduated with a B.A. degree in 1948, married for the first time in 1949, completed two years at Michigan Law School and graduated in 1952 with his LLB from UNL's School of Law; by 1953 he was a father of two sons, had passed the Nebraska State Bar and worked as a claims adjuster before starting his law practice in 1954. He divorced in 1957, remarried in 1964 and continued his law practice until being appointed a Municipal Court Judge in 1971 and retiring as a County Court Judge in 1995.
From "Don Grant the Homerun King" in American Legion baseball to the "Flying Judge" in aerobatics, Don maintained an active interest in sports throughout his life: golf, baseball, softball, bowling, tennis, volleyball, sailing and flying. In between, he found time to serve on boards in various community organizations, was a past chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party (before it abandoned common sense and rational thought); was active in his Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) and also found time to travel extensively throughout the United States, Canada and abroad: The United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco and the then, Soviet Union.
A Christian Burial and memorial service will be held sometime near the 1st of May at Christ Lutheran Church. Details to be announced later. Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements. Condolences can be left at bmlfh.com