Donovan Wolf, 50, of Piney Flats, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, May 17, 2020, while planting his garden.
Donovan was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Fritz and Linda Wolf. He was the eldest of three sons. Donovan grew up in the Stoney Creek area of Elizabethton, and later settled in Stanley, Va., with his family. He relocated to Tennessee in 1997, soon after meeting the love of his life during a family trip to Tennessee.
Donovan was employed by Burleson Construction Co. for 20 years as a Project Superintendent. Most recently he was working on The Model Mill Project in downtown Johnson City. Donovan was loved like a brother by all the Burleson team and subcontractors. He was known for his infectious smile, personality, loyalty and quality workmanship. He will be greatly missed by the Burleson family.
Donovan was a loving and devoted husband and father. He loved his family dearly and took great care of them. He was always happy and deeply loved every day of his life. He was the glue of the family, always calm and ready to do what was needed of him to keep things afloat and make his family’s lives better.
He loved summertime and always looked forward to hanging out by the pool, listening to music, grilling, cooking, and “Friday night Fire” with his family. He loved hosting the “Piney Pig Jig” family gathering each year during July 4th and talked about it all year. He was passionate about family and having fun, and he showed it by dedicating his time to providing these wonderful experiences to all those that he loved. Donovan was a big fan of the Tennessee Vols, as well as the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians.
In addition to his mother, Donovan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents.
Donovan is survived by his adoring wife and soulmate of 22 years, Elizabeth (Beth) Wolf. They loved each other completely. Their whirlwind romance never ceased and served as an example of what it means to truly love and be loved in return.
Other survivors include a daughter, Hannah Wolf, of the home; a son, Owen Wolf, of the home; his father, Fritz Wolf; brothers, Tyler Wolf and Travis Wolf (Donna), all of Stanley, Va.; a brother-in-law, John Blevins of Piney Flats; three uncles, Larry Ward (Sylvia), Terry Ward (Diane), Elizabethton, Tenn., and Robert Wolf, Cleveland, Ohio; very special cousins, Aaron Ward (Amy), Gate City, Va.; and several other special cousins, nieces, nephews and his beloved dog Izzie.
It was Donovan’s wish to be cremated. There will be no formal services at this time. An informal gathering of family and friends may be scheduled at a future date when the time is right.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to an education fund for Donovan’s children or to the JDRF, 200 Vesey Street 28th Floor, New York, NY 10281. Please contact the funeral home for more information on the education fund for his children.
Mr. Wolf and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City. Memories and condolences may be shared on our website at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423-610-7171), is honored to serve the Wolf family.