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Obituary: Don Marino

Don Marino, 80, of Birmingham passed away on Dec. 27 in the comfort of his home in Vestavia Hills.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete Marino and Nellie Abruzzo and his sister, Mary Fant. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, survived by his wife of 34 years, Sandra Harper Marino. He is also survived by his four children: Tracey Boyd, Melissa Cox (Taylor), Carl Marino (Stephanie), and Chris Salamone (Kristi). He was a beloved grandfather to 10 grandchildren: Conner Boyd, Caitlin Boyd, Charlie Boyd, Walker Cox (Mary Claire), Crawford Cox, Taylor Cox, Chandler Cox, Hana Marino, Claire Salamone, and Emma Salamone.

Marino graduated from John Carroll High School and Auburn University with a degree in Accounting. He served in the U.S. Military and was stationed in France. Don spent his career as a Certified Public Accountant and was a partner in Warren, Averett, Kimbrough, and Marino until retirement. He enjoyed the relationships he built with his clients and valued their friendships beyond his working career.

Marino enjoyed spending his time with family and friends particularly at the beach. He loved woodworking, working in the yard and traveling. He was also passionate about Auburn football and enjoyed heading down to the plains for home games. Grandy, as his grandchildren referred to him, had great love for his entire family and was proud of them.

The funeral will be at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens in Trussville at 12 p.m. on Jan. 2, with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time. Graveside service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be sent to The Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL

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