Donald Gene Sabbe

Feb. 2, 1934 – May 5, 2012

Funeral services for Donald Gene Sabbe were held in Vero Beach, Fla., and in California. Don, 78, died May 5 in Vero Beach after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

He was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Miles City, Mont., the son of Alfred and Katherine Sabbe. He grew up and received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1952. Don attended the University of Wyoming, Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and graduated from St. Louis University Dental School.

He served in the United States Navy and was stationed in Okinawa and the Pacific attached to the Marine Corps.

He married Mary Beth Voight of St. Louis. He opened a dental practice in Fremont, Calif., that lasted for 36 years. Don was an active Rotarian and a member of numerous community organizations.

After he retired, he and Mary Beth moved to Vero Beach, Fla. He loved fishing, archeology, reading, bridge, tennis, dancing, travel, tinkering, telling stories, helping others and socializing with the countless friends he made wherever he went.

He attended Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Beth, and his oldest son, Michael Sabbe of St. Louis.

He is survived by two sons, John Sabbe and Eric Sabbe and one daughter, Dana Sabbe, all of California; his sister, LuAn Sabbe Lorenson, and his companion Suzanne Wagner of Vero Beach.