Memory Book
Don Kracke
July 09, 1931 - April 15, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017 5:09 AM

we still keep vanilla ice cream in the freezer " just in case" he shows up and says he cant eat anything but would you have some vanilla ice cream?
barbara and maury mortensen (Rancho Mirage, CA)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:49 PM

Don and I went to high school (Whittier) where he panned the cartoon "Algernon" for the Cardinal; and UCLA, and entered the ad world at the same time. We maintained a good, mutually supporting friendship until these last few years when distance kept us too far apart.

A telling memory was a late fifties chance meeting at an advertising awards dinner at Welch's restaurant in Long Beach. Don asked if I wanted to come to a gallery showing of his work the next week. "Sure", I said.

"Then I gotta go home," he said. "I better do some paintings." Irreverent, for sure, and never stuck on himself. To my knowledge, anyway.
Jordan Mo (Medford, OR)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:38 AM

I too remember the Krakie family so fondly.
Will never forget the night my son Larry carried Lisa through the front door of our home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca. with both of her legs in casts. Funny he just said he was bringing his new girlfriend Lisa over for dinner.
Opened up a new chapter in our lives with the wonderful Krakie family. Will never forget them.
Silver and Bill Martin (Palm Desert, CA)

Sunday, May 14, 2017 6:19 PM

A flood of good memories at Don's passing. RIP Don. I entered the circle of Kracke family life during my teenage years (Lisa's boyfriend). Don was my #1 mentor on creating a non-conventional life. My frequent visits to the Kracke home were filled with bantering humour. Before I'd arrive I'd psyche up for facing Don and family with a barrage of multiple choice laugher tests. Guessing I passed because Don even allowed me to join the Kracke's vacation to Hawaii! Thank you for your open mind Don! And thank you for all the wonderful Kracke Kids! Love to you all! Larry Prosor
Larry Prosor (Tauranga, New Zealand)

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:10 AM

Don Kracke was an Original, that is for sure: funny, talented and always a pleasure. I first met him in 2008 through Joel Hochberg. He helped the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition with marketing materials, and a beautiful ten year commemorative book was the result. He and I became good friends, going to the movies and sometimes for a bite to eat. His cat Mr. White was always near him. Only 3 years ago, he attended the Palm Springs Air Museum Gala, wearing his medals from his service days, moving through the crowd with his walker. People kept thanking him for his service. THANK YOU DON for your life of humor, creativity and personality. It was a pleasure getting to know you. You lived a full life on your terms. My condolences to his children and grandchildren.
Ann Greer (Palm Desert, CA)

Friday, May 12, 2017 4:59 AM

The world is a less colorful place without Don. He invited me to co-author a book with him after a business meeting in which we told dueling war stories. His invitation: "We have two choices. We write a book together or one of us kills the other." The book: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT KISSING ASS. My favorite Kracke one liner (of at least a hundred) was a rejoinder. Someone would say "We gotta do this or that." Don would reply: "We ain't GOTTA do nuthin!"
Lee Whipple (pen name: Leland James) (Bellaire, MI)

Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:27 PM

My most recent memories of Don are of good times my brother, Tony, his wife, Gloria, and I had visiting him in Palm Springs. In spite of his challenges due to Parkinsons he remained full of his usual humor and very enjoyable to be with. I will miss him being there when next I go to visit my brother in Palm Springs. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.
Sally Anderson (Portland, OR)
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