Amesbury, Ma — Donald Shiels Kazar, was born in Amesbury on April 7, 1928, and was the son of John Dryden Kazar and Marjory (Shiels) Kazar. He passed away peacefully on June 4, 2014, at Bay Pines Veterans Hospice of St. Petersburg, Fla., with his family by his side.
Don graduated from Hyde Park High School, Boston, and joined the Marine Corps during WWII, assigned to China. After the war, he attended and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University. Don joined the State Department Diplomatic Corps, and while posted in Oslo, met and married his Norwegian wife of 57 years, Anne-Gro. Following six years with American Embassies in Oslo, Singapore and Baghdad, he returned to the U.S., attending and receiving his Master of Education from Boston State College (now University of Massachusetts Boston) while teaching in Boston. He then came home to Amesbury with his young family and taught English at Amesbury High School for 28 years, retiring in June of 1993. In addition to teaching, he also reported for the Haverhill Gazette.
During his retirement years, Don and Anne wintered in Fla., and loved their summers together on Byua Lake in Norway. He took immense pleasure in remodeling their cabin, swimming, boating, and writing. Reunited with his wife's close friends and family, he immersed himself in the culture and became increasingly fluent in Norwegian. Don had never stopped researching and writing. He wrote a book about the 1960s Middle East crisis and his latest work-in-progress was a history of Mayflower immigrants. He relished discussions of history, literature, or politics on any occasion, it was his lifelong passion. He is grieved for by his family and will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to have known him.
Don is survived by his wife, Anne Kazar of Largo, Fla.; Janet Kazar, former wife of his late brother, John Dryden Kazar Jr. of South Deerfield, Mass.; daughters, Kristin Parke and her husband, James Parke of San Francisco, Calif., and Ingrid Kazar (her life-partner the late Ken Wilson) of Salisbury, Mass.; sons, Steven Kazar and his wife, Norma, of Lompoc, Calif., and Thomas Kazar and his husband, Jim Fenner of Altadena, Calif.; grandchildren, Andrew and Nathan Parke, and Brandon and Lauren Fenner; and great-grandchild, Parker Fenner.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury, at 3 p.m., on Friday, September 12. A collation will follow the service in their Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm Street, Amesbury, MA 01913, 978-388-8138.