ROXBURY — Donald Broekema of Roxbury passed away on Jan. 6, 2014, at the Albany Medical Center after a brief illness.
Don was the son of John and Barbara Broekema, born on Oct. 19, 1961, just a few minutes after his twin brother, John (Jay). They were later joined by his little sister, Deborah. He grew up in Mt. Tremper, and graduated from Onteora Central School.
Don is survived by his best friend and partner in adventure, Karen Munro; and son, Allyn Shultis and his wife, Meg of Ambler, Pa. Also surviving are his mother, Barbara of Mt. Tremper; his brother, Jay of Kerhonson and Jay’s daughters, Heather of Troy, and Jessica, and Briana at home; and his sister, Deborah, her husband Harry Baldwin and their children, Cody and Emma of Willow.
Don was predeceased by his father, John Broekema; his sister-in-law, Chris; and a special friend and mentor, Bob Munro.
Don was well-known for his love of animals, music and the outdoors; hunting, fishing, working his dogs, paddling his kayak, riding his motorcycle, hitting the slopes with his ski family and hiking in the peaks of his beloved Catskill Mountains.
He retired from the New York State Department of Corrections in April after 25 years of dedicated service.
He was a member of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department and the Town of Shandaken Police Department. Don felt a deep respect for fellow law enforcement officers which extended to our nation’s veterans.
His appreciation for the service of others led him to work tirelessly last fall to provide a hunting experience for Vets through the Wounded Warrior Project. Looking for ways to help others was a way of life for this kind man with the quick wit, intelligent mind and mischievous smile.
Don made the most of his retirement; traveling to Maine, camping with friends, enjoying bluegrass music, exploring the Adirondacks, and traveling west to enjoy the family’s annual fishing trip on Idaho’s South Fork.