Donald W. Moravec, 71, died on April 21, 2017, surrounded by his family and close friends. Born on Jan. 22, 1946 in Berwyn to Joseph V. and Wilma B. Moravec, he married Eliza Moravec (nee Keating) on May 1, 1971 in Oak Park, and they lived here for 46 years. He began his career at Downers Grove North High School, spanning more than three decades as a physical education teacher, football coach, wrestling coach, girls’ badminton coach, girls’ tennis coach, and, finally, as dean of students. He received his B.A. from North Central College, obtained his M.A. with an emphasis in Communication Science from Governors State University, and was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Sarasota in Florida.
After retiring in 2001, he worked for his wife’s company, Keating of Chicago, where he wore many hats. He led a very spiritual life, serving as a faithful vestry member and senior warden of Christ Episcopal Church in River Forest. He also coached a very successful Women’s Tennis Team at North Central College for many years. Enjoying life to the fullest, he had many hobbies which also kept him very active. He took annual fishing trips to Canada, went on golfing and skiing trips, and enjoyed spending weekends with his family and friends, especially his two granddaughters, at his summer home on Lake Michigan. He will be remembered for his loving nature, his laugh, and his ability to make others happy.
Donald Moravec is survived by his wife, Eliza; his children, Christopher (Amy) Moravec and Eliza Ann (Kevin) Pate; his granddaughters, Ellenore and Charlotte Moravec; his brothers, Edwin A. (Susan) Moravec and Rev. Dr. Joseph C. (Joy) Moravec; and his numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard J. Moravec; and his niece, Jennifer M. Moravec.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on April 29 at Drechsler Brown & Williams, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. There will be a memorial service on April 30 at 3 p.m. at Oak Park’s Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., followed by a reception at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates your donation to the Don Moravec Tennis Memorial Fund at North Central College.