Donald Perrino

Donald Perrino

URBANA – Donald Scott Perrino (Donnie), 61, of Urbana passed away after a short illness on Sept. 12, 2013, in Paxton.

Donnie was born Oct. 12, 1951, in Quincy.

He is survived by his mother, Marjorie A. (Galutia) Perrino; his brother, Mike (Jan) Perrino; his sister, Debbi (David) Dillman; nephew, Dave Perrino; and nieces, Liza and Carie Perrino. His father, Daniel J. Perrino, preceded him in death.

Donnie graduated from Urbana High School and pursued his dream to be a performing musician. He actively contributed to the burgeoning music scene in Urbana-Champaign in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Don played many instruments but is most known as keyboardist for two popular local bands of the day, Blues Weed and The All Star Frogs. The following links document some of the musical groups and activities that were so much a part of Don's early life.

In his early 20s, Don was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a mental disorder whose onset is typical in young adults. This disorder is evidenced in a breakdown of thought processes and a lack of typical emotional responses. In spite of this, Don lived comfortably on his own for over 40 years in his two- bedroom home on Florida Avenue in Urbana.

A private burial will be held in Urbana-Champaign. For those who are interested, the family requests memorial donations be directed to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is an organization committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

If you do choose to make a donation, the family would appreciate your donation in Memory of Donald S. Perrino and designate for schizophrenia research.

Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy, is handling arrangements.