Donald Ward Caswell, lovingly known to many as Don or "Big Daddy", passed away on August 25, 2023, at the age of 76. Born on May 26, 1947, in Newport, Rhode Island, Donald lived a life filled with joy, resilience, and unforgettable moments. He was a loyal friend, a courageous individual, and a beacon of strength, always ready with a warm smile and a kind heart.\n\nDon's journey took him from his birthplace in Newport, RI, to Tennessee, Narragansett, RI, and Vero Beach, FL, before he finally settled in Davis, Illinois. He was a man of many talents and passions. His love for horses led him to a career that combined his passion and profession, traveling with race horses and caring for them with a gentle hand and a loving heart. He was also a skilled welder, leaving his mark on submarines that sailed the seas. In his free time, Don enjoyed the challenge of puzzle games, the thrill of reading, and was a devoted fan of the Celtics and Patriots. He was a current member of the American Legion and a past member of the Jaycees, always looking for ways to contribute to the community he loved.\n\nAbove all, Don cherished his family and friends. He is survived by his sons, Ray (Erin) and John (Jennifer) Caswell; his brother, David (Kathy) Caswell; his half-brothers, William, Michael, and Andrew Caswell; his half-sister, Debbie Caswell; his grandchildren, Sara (Michael) Caswell, Rae Caswell, Talan Caswell, and Katie (Brennan) Filipowicz; and his great-grandson, Kamdyn Rizzo. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Sara Caswell; his half-sister, Denise Caswell; and his step-mother, JoAnn Caswell.\n\nA private family memorial will be held in honor of Donald. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in his honor. This is a beautiful way to remember Don, a man who spent his life caring for others, whether they were family, friends, or the horses he adored. \n\nWe invite you to share your memories and photos of Donald on his memorial page. Your stories and tributes will help us all remember the unique, loving, loyal, resilient, and courageous man that was Donald Caswell. His spirit will live on in our hearts and in the stories we share.