Family Group Sheet
Notes for Donald Eugene Santmyer
In 1923 Don was in the Merchant Marines. In 1924 his ship was caught in the typhoon that hit Tokyo Yokohama killing thousands of Japanese.After rambling all over the world, he settled down and became a successful businessman in Seattle. He married again - he and Kate had no children together; Kate had a grown son from a previous marriage.Donald died from a gunshot wound to the head. It was ruled a suicide. The family has always felt that he was murdered by his step-son. Donald was in bed, the revolver placed into the left side of his mouth - the bullet exited through the right temple. Donald was right handed. If he shot himself, it would mean that he held the revolver in his left hand and squeezed the trigger with his left index finger. It would seem unlikely that a right-handed person would use his left hand to end his life. Donald's family in PA wanted the case re-opened, but were not successful in convincing the Seattle authorities.
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