Donald F. Ellard passed away peacefully on Friday July 27th, 2018 in Big Rapids, Michigan. He was the son of Fred and Anna Ellard, born May 19, 1935. He was 83 years old. Don was a master mechanic most of his life, focusing his talents in his later years to outboard motors (his first love) and small engine repair. In his younger days, it was not unusual to see several sports cars and their owners outside the family garage waiting for him to work his magic. Don also loved John Wayne movies, old black-and-white westerns, fishing, and hunting; he raised pedigreed beagles to hunt rabbits for many years. He made several trips to Canada and Wyoming to fish and hunt as a young man. Sioux Look Out, Ontario became his favorite spot on earth later in life, a place he frequented numerous times with his sons Scott, Marty, and Ike and grandson, Everett. He is survived by his wife of 19 years Ardena Ellard, his sister Cyndi Wolf, his children Dr. Scott (Debbie) Ellard, Pamela Alling, Susan Dunn, Martin Ellard, Antoinette (Brian) Moore and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving him, too, are his step-children, Ike(Carrie)Warner, Jan(Len)Larkin, Maverick(Annette)Whitney, Tenna Whitney, Sandra (Jim) Bacon, Tammy (Matt) Dubreuil, Lenn Wheeler, Charline (Lee) Schanhals and Bobbie Jo Goehrig, and many more grandchildren and great grandchildren. No services are scheduled at this time. The family will have a celebration of Don's life in the future.