Creator of Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo Dies at 79 - NBC10 Boston

Creator of Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo Dies at 79

Donald Featherstone had long battled with Lewy body dementia

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    Creator of Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo Dies at 79
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    Donald Featherstone, creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died.

    His wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 79.

    Featherstone, a trained sculptor with a classical art background, created the flamingo in 1957 for plastics company Union Products, modeling it after a bird he saw in National Geographic. Millions of the birds have been sold.

    Featherstone worked for Union for 43 years, inventing hundreds of plastic products in that time and rising to the position of president before his retirement in 1999.

    In addition to his wife of 40 years, Featherstone is survived by two children, four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.