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Larger-than-life Donald (Frog) Barclay passed away on February 17th, 2021 after a life full of making memories, belly laughing & unmatched love for family and friends. He was born on January 26, 1949 in Locust Valley, New York, to Alexander & Nancie Barclay.
He came to Lakeland, FL in ‘67 to play baseball for Florida Southern College, where he joined Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He opened Zimmerman’s Bar in ‘71, in the heart of Dixieland. Zims became a hangout for FSC students, Lakeland longtimers, and the Detroit Tigers, and is where he met Joyce, his wife of 44 years.
For the next 4 decades he started other businesses, such as Frog’s Oyster Bar & Rib Crib and in parallel, leased properties along South Florida to local entrepreneurs to support Lakeland’s growth. He worked in sales for Jay Nichol’s Inc., Dalton Sales Inc., Blackwelder’s Fresh OJ, Juice Bowl, and others.
Don was Salt of the Earth, with a humble attitude of gratitude, maniacal manors and a heart of gold. He was a loyal Friend’s Friend & worked hard to maintain friendships and find ways to help others.
Don was a Board Member of VISTE, a member of First Presbyterian Church & supporter of many local organizations. He was a lifelong advocate for Boys and Girls Clubs of Lakeland, to demonstrate his appreciation for all he gained in childhood; he received the National Service to Youth Award for 30 years of Devoted Service in 2009. A longtime member of Lone Palm Golf Club, he enjoyed years of golfing, playing cards, laughter, and dining with friends. His love of Longboat Key and the memories we have collected as a family will live on, as well, especially those collected at Duffy’s, with an ice cold beer and burger.
Don passed away peacefully; his light will be sorely missed. He loved his family beyond measure. His spirit survives with his wife Joyce (BG), mother-in-law Patsy, daughters Alison Saine (Josh) & Megan Fanale (Jim), & granddaughters Julia Saine (8) and Addison Fanale (4 mo).
Service details pending in late March at First Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at Heath Funeral Chapel.
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