Donald Clarence "Thunderduck" Dishman
1917 - 2006
"We’ll miss you Dad"
you remember the radio jingle from the 60’s and 70’s,
“Roto-Rooter, that’s the name, and away go troubles
down the drain,” you were touched by the life of Don “ThunderDuck”
Dishman. In his earlier years, Don worked as a marketing assistant
affiliated with his father-in-law’s business, where he purchased
15-second Roto-Rooter ad spots throughout the country.
Don was born and raised in Salina, Kansas and attended Kansas
University. He lived in Des Moines, Iowa for many years, and then
moved to Arizona in the early 90’s to be near his children.
He served his country in the Pacific during the Korean War and
was a huge fan of college basketball. He was also a talented artist
and inventor, possessing a gift for drawing, painting, and sculpting.
He conceptualized many new products ranging from futuristic cars
and children’s toys, to restaurant designs, logos and menus;
he also designed women’s fashions and jewelry, and wrote
a book entitled The Adventures of Thunderspace Duck.
Don called his company Thunder Duck Inc. and the family affectionately
referred to him as “TD.”
A longtime fan of bicycles, he chose to ride his “horse,”
as he called it, exclusively for the last 20 years of his life.
You might have seen him bicycling in his white sweat suit and
long grey hair from the downtown library to Kinko’s. More
recently you would have seen him at the Crystal Creek Sandwich
Co. in the afternoons, enjoying a mug of beer, which he would
jokingly refer to as “liquid protein.” He never tired
of showing off his extensive portfolio and talking with young
folks about his designs. Don was also an admirer of fine automobiles
from yesteryear – Jaguars in particular – and often
surprised listeners with his knowledge of current events and astronomy.
He was an avid reader throughout his life and was always thoughtfully
clipping articles of interest for others to read. Though divorced,
he maintained a great admiration for his only wife Linda, who
preceded him in death by just six weeks. He is survived by his
four children, Leslie, Lisa, Derek, and Laurel; his sister Mona
and brother Bill; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Keep on pedaling TD; may peace
be with you.