61st District Court

Judge Donald Passenger

Judge Passenger

Judge Donald Passenger is a 61st District Court Judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Judge was appointed in March of 1995 by Governor John Engler.

He ran for election to continue in his position in November of 1996 and was elected to serve through December 31, 1998. In November 1998 he ran unopposed and was elected to serve through December 31, 2004.


Private Practice Attorney

  • 1986-90 Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 1990-95 Twohey Maggini, Grand Rapids, MI


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Judge Passenger has been very involved in the community through church, schools and community organizations. Just a few of his involvements include:

  • Boy Scouts of America, Gerald R. Ford Council, Board Member and past vice-president of Exploring;
  • Mayor's Drug Task Force, Steering Committee and Member, Grand Rapids, MI 1997-98;
  • Caledonia Ambucs, past president and member 1991-95;
  • Big Star Lake Association, board member 1995- and president 1997-98;
  • Holy Spirit Church Finance Council Board Member 1993-1999 and past president 1996-97.

He has accomplished a number of achievements in his life including:

  • Eagle Scout, active in troop leadership as youth;
  • Successful runner, including all-American status in the NAIA and NJCAA;
  • Martindale Hubell Rating of AV as a practicing lawyer in seventh year of practice;
  • Member of National Honor Society.