Donald Haglund DeGrasse
September 24, 1963- June 6, 2019
Don lost his ten month battle to brain cancer (glioblastomia) on June 6, 2019 in Austin Texas. His family, whom he adored, wife, Martha, and children, Daniel, Andy and Sarah were with him every step of the way. It was not a fight he could win even with all the love that surrounded him.
Don grew up in Los Altos Hills and attended Bullis Elementary, Egan Middle and Los Altos High Schools. He played varsity football, worked at the local bike shop and earned the Eagle Scout Award.
Don graduated Stanford with a mechanical engineering degree. He used his skill to become a key design team member at Apple where he was a major contributor on the PowerBook 500 Series
Don moved to Austin to join Dell and according to his former manager was the only designer to work on the two best notebooks of their time, the Apple Powerbook and the Dell Latitude.
While at Dell he met and married the love of his life Martha Moody. Soon thereafter the couple started a family; Daniel, Andrew, and Sarah.
Don retired in 2002 and became an active community volunteer serving as president of Trinity Center and Austin Parks Foundation and serving as treasurer during his time on St David’s vestry. He was very involved in scouting with his boys. His many playful hours spent with the children while they were growing up made many great memories.
Always busy with new ideas and achievements, his artistic abilities and technical expertise came together in his obsession with 3D printing and before he got sick was in the process of printing life-like figures by using imaging software and multiple single chip computers to create a panoramic reference photo.
Don leaves behind his wife Martha DeGrasse, sons Daniel DeGrasse, Andy DeGrasse, daughter Sarah DeGrasse, mother Marilyn DeGrasse, brother Robert DeGrasse (Sarah), sister Lori Eirich (Jeff), sister Cheryl DeGrasse (Johanna), his mother in-law Ann Moody, brother-in-law Charles Moody (Kristin) and many aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Don’s generous heart, sharp mind, and silly sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Services have been held in Austin, Texas.