Don passed away peacefully at his home in Danville, IL on Wednesday morning surrounded by friends and family. He was born at Saint Cabrini hospital on April 22, 1950 to Antoine Vish (late) and Lillian Vish (late).
Don graduated from Leo Catholic High School in 1968. He went on to attend Eastern Illinois University where he was an All-American swimmer. Don earned a Bachelor's Degree in early education, a master's degree (+60) in physical education. He coached water polo and swimming for over 30 years. He retired in 2005 from district 118 in Danville, after teaching for 34 years. He was an avid sports fan, especially, Notre Dame football, Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox fan. He loved to travel with his wife Donna, family, and friends. Don was known for being tough, his sense of humor, complaining about politics and most of all, his loyalty. His love for water ran deeper than the pool; he had a passion for boating and if he wasn't boating you would probably find him relaxing the beach.
Don was survived by his wife of 27 years, Donna Carlton-Vish; siblings, Rich Vish, Tom Vish, and Jim Vish (late); children, Amy Murphy (Mike), Michael Vish (April), Jon Vish (Caitlin), Anika Story (Adrienne), Natasha McDonald (Tom), Jonas Story (Justine), and Seth Story (Emma); grandchildren, Mackenzie Murphy, Joslyn Vish, Morgan Murphy, Addison Vish, Emma Murphy, Riley Vish, Caden Vish, Jillian Story, Emery Vish, and James Story.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834. Officiating will be Dennis Starkey. Visitation will be held the evening prior on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers; on the memo line of the check, please share the name of the person being honored with this gift in their memory Donald Vish. We will direct it to the leukemia research program in their memory. Please mail to: Attn: Terri Dillon. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Development and Alumni Relations. 420 E. Superior Street, Rubloff Bldg., 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60691. Donations can also be made to the Danville Ambucs at PO Box 266 Danville, IL 61834-0266.