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Dr. Donald Mammano

Dr. Mammano
Dr. Mammano

Dr. Donald P. Mammano, D.C. passed away Nov. 2, 2019, in St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa. Burial will follow at Ottawa Avenue Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 33 Veterans Group Honor Guard. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Masonic services will be at 6:45 p.m.

Don was born Sept. 14, 1945, to Katherine and John Mammano in Brooklyn, New York. While attending his doctorate program in Chicago in 1972 he met Pamela Mammano; they were married Sept. 1, 1973, in Peoria.

Don was a veteran of the Vietnam War, graduate of Adelphi University and held both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences, where he also completed his post-doctorate at American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics. He was a fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a member of American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. Don belonged to Illinois Chiropractic Society.

Don loved his adopted hometown of Ottawa. Moving here in early 1978, he immediately became involved with Ottawa Noon Rotary — serving in many different capacities, one being a past-president. He believed very strongly in creating a riverfront that would be a place for all to enjoy and was instrumental in initiating the Ottawa River Walk Project. Don was a member of Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, serving on many different committees throughout his 41 years in Ottawa. Don served on the Ottawa Elementary School Board after the flooding and closing of the Central Elementary School. He again saw a need to help behind the scenes, making sure a new Central Middle School would be constructed. Don was a proud 50-year Scottish Rite Mason, and Occidental Lodge #40, A.F.A.M. His motto was you need to leave things better than you found them. More than this, Don was dedicated to helping his patients who became part of his family. That was what missed most about retiring a few years ago, his beloved patients. Don loved his family and friends and dedicated his life to the service of his community and patients.

Don is survived by his wife, Pam Mammano; their sons, Donald (Marisa) and Danny (Jessica). Don had three grandchildren, Caroline (11), Kellen (5) and Sierra (2) and his siblings Howard Mammano and Marcia Matencheck. Don also has a large extended family, consisting of many sister- and brother-in-laws, nieces/nephews and great-nieces/nephews.

Don was a beloved husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family and friends. He will dearly be missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Mammano; father John and mother Katherine; brother John; and niece Amanda.

Pallbearers include Donald Mammano, Daniel Mammano, Eric VanTine, Willie Bara, Bobby Kurtz and Alex Burtsfield. Honorary pallbearers include Ron Marino, Jerry Halterman, Bob Eschbach, Dave Mumper, Doug Trager, Boyd Palmer, Bill Walsh and college buddy Mike DeNoto.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Ottawa YMCA or The Don Mammano Waterfront Project.

You may sign the online guestbook and share remembrances at

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