Don Robert McEachern, Lt. Col.
Dearest Austin, So sorry to hear of Don's passing! I enjoyed meeting him in Ashland, and will always remember that cold morning when he and I took to the lake with your neighbor to fish from his boat. The fog lifted slowly and gloriously and magic happened in that boat that morning. Though we caught a few fish it was the event itself that was so propelling!! I know he is smiling now and wishes the same joy for all who loved him. Please write when you can. Sincerely, Jymmi Sparkz on FB or on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugs to you and your family, Jymmi Sparkz
Don and Betty are members of the same church I go to. Somewhere in those years, talk of Rafiki came up. Later, our family took on sponsoring some boys in Zambia. As I learned more about Rafiki, I began to learn about AIM (Africa Inland Mission) . AIM has an old DC3 which was converted from the old radial engines to turboshaft engines. Interesting. I was stunned, later to learn that there was a guy in our church who has flown that DC3 many times – in Aftrica. Don McEachern. Somewhere in all of that, I also learned that his sister, Rosemary, started Rafiki. I decided that I wanted to know Don more. I learned that he has flown many, many fighter aircraft. I learned of his service to our country, and that he had been in the US Marine Corp. Don always seemed to conduct himself very honorable way. I value the short times that I have had getting to know him.
My sympathy to the family. Don was always quick with a smile and a wave in the driveway and willing to stop and chat with me. He was a fine man and a good neighbor. May he rest in peace.
I don't think I ever exchanged even a few words with Don, but I always noticed him when I was at the Sunday service usually during the summers. I'd look and be comforted by seeing such a steadfast warrior of the Lord who glowed with the peace and holiness of the Lord. May the Lord soften the sadness of the family and sharpen the anticipation of seeing him again on the day when all tears are wiped away.
So sorry to hear of your loss of your father. God bless and be with you in your time of loss. Jim Wolfe