Donald James Shanto, age 72, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife Christine on June 18, 2021. Don was born on September 30, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois. He married his high school sweet heart, “Chrissy”, on November 12, 1994. True love will always find its way back.
Don lived his life every day to love and protect his wife and family. Likewise, he did the same for his country and community having served in the United States Army Reserves for 17 years and the Tinley Park, Illinois Police Department for over 30 years, respectively.
Don was not only known as a hero by his own family, but was also recognized as such via several letters of commendation. As noted, “Your efforts in support of the White House were a fine example of the highest standards of community and police contributions.” and “Your decisive, unselfish and immediate reaction in view of personal peril reflects great credit upon yourself, your training and your community.”
Don chose to live his life on good terms with all he met. He spoke his truth quietly and clearly. He had peace in his soul and most importantly, he had peace with God. He will be missed beyond measure.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bertha Shanto; and his brother, Joseph Shanto.
He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Christine Shanto; his sister Diane Shanto of Lisle, Illinois; his children Todd Boza (wife Kristin Boza) of Chicago, Illinois and Allyson Videtic (husband Brian Videtic) of Gilbert, Arizona; proud Papa to Vaughn Videtic of Gilbert, Arizona, Henry Boza and Grace Boza of Chicago, Illinois.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ, 85142.
Loved ones who are not able to attend will be able to gather virtually on June 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm local time.
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There will be a private family graveside service at San Tan Memorial Gardens to lay Don to rest. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (Pulmonaryfibrosis.org) in Donald Shanto’s name.