BIG RAPIDS — Dr. Donald J. Hitzemann, 69, of Big Rapids, passed away on Jan. 20, 2017, in his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 4, 1947, in Reed City, to Rose and Russell Hitzemann. Don graduated from Reed City High School in 1965. On Sept. 6, 1969, he married Jean Gawne in Reed City. Don graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1971. After his graduation they moved back to Big Rapids and together they raised their family. He and Jean established 19 Mile Veterinary Clinic in Big Rapids, where he provided compassionate care to animals and their families for 37 years.