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Donald Rackauskas

Donald Algierdas Rackauskas, of Safford, entered into peaceful rest Monday evening, August 24, 2020, at his residence with his loving wife, Janice, at his side. He was 89. A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be conducted Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m, at the Paris White R/C Model Aircraft Park in Safford.


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As Donalds daughter and only child, I am deeply dismayed to learn of his passing for the first time today, nearly three months after it happened, and only because I accidentally stumbled upon his obituary on the internet. While this is indeed a sad day for me, Donalds entire life was a tragedy. Regrettably, he died just as he had livedalienating his family, tenaciously bound to vain grudges, and never grasping the true meaning of love. Even more heartbreaking was that Donald chose to ride his resentment like a stallion, all the way to his grave. By contumaciously clinging to his animosity, he deprived both himself and me of the opportunity to mend our relationship. Thus, the greatest tragedy of Donalds life was that he chose to die with an unhealed heart, never knowing I had forgiven him. My fathers story would be familiar to anyone who has spent a lifetime struggling with the aftermath of severe childhood trauma. Tragically, those who do not heal from these wounds are destined to repeat the same destructive behaviors they learned in childhood, never understanding that the real enemy resides within. Lacking insight into the actual source of their pain, they imagine it is coming from the outside. For Donald, this pain led to even more victimization. Because he viewed the world through a distorted lens that confused good with evil, he rejected those who truly loved him and replaced them with grifters who offered him an illusion of love in one hand while robbing him with the other. My fathers greatest legacy is that he raised a daughter whothrough Gods grace and her own unrelenting determinationwas finally able to break the toxic cycle that had plagued the Rackauskas family for generations. Although it took me nearly 60 years to do it, I am grateful to be free of the demons that tormented my father all his life. I pray he is free of them now as well. May God have mercy on his soul. - Anna Rackauskas Paige

Anna M Paige Nov 16 2020 12:00 AM