Doak, David H., Jr. “Don’t be a joker; see the Doaker.”
The legendary owner of Doakers Pro Shop and beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully Thursday, June 21, 2012 with his children by his side.
David was born in Saginaw, Michigan January 29, 1926 the son of the late Margaret (Stamm) and David Henry Doak, Sr... He married Patricia J. Humes October 25, 1947. She predeceased him April 27, 2000. David served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 439. He retired from Saginaw Grey Iron. David played baseball for Strand Barbeque in the City Baseball Federation and managed for many years. He was elected into the Saginaw Bowling Hall of Fame and Michigan Majors Hall of Fame. He sponsored many local teams and was the sponsor and a member of Doakers Pro Shop team that was featured in a national Ebonite commercial. David invented the first mercury tank still used in the bowling industry today. He was an avid golfer and Detroit Tigers fan.
David is survived by five children, Karen (Carl) Howard, Alger, MI, Jim (Connie) Doak, Meg (John) Larson, Maureen (Joe) Zabelski and Holly Redmond, all of Saginaw; a son-in-law, Darrell Mayle; two sisters-in-law, Geneva Doak and Ruth Doak; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, David was predeceased by two daughters, Patricia Mayle and Anne Doak; a granddaughter, Sara Doak; three brothers, George, Robert and Edward Doak; three sisters, Betty Hinskey, Marie Heffel and Clarissa Doak.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2012 at St. George Catholic Church, 2120 Erie St. Rev. Fr. Richard Jozwiak will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with military services under the auspices of American Legion Post No. 439. Friends may visit with the family at W. L. Case & Company, 4480 Mackinaw Rd. Saturday from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m., Sunday from 2:00 -9:00 p.m. where they may join the family for a parish vigil service at 7:00 p.m. and Monday at church from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to the Saginaw Youth Bowlers or the American Cancer Society.
David’s family would like to extend a special thank-you to the staff of Medilodge of Sterling for all their loving care that they provided for David.