MAGNESS, Donald E. 84, of Largo, died Tuesday May 6, 2014 at Largo Medical Center. Born in Colfax, WA, he was raised in Takoma Park, MD. He was an Air Force Veteran with his last duty station being Pusan, Korea. Following his military service, he was employed for nine years as a Survey Engineer for the National Board of Fire Underwriters in New York and came to Florida in 1967. He retired after 25 years from the Pinellas Plant of the General Electric Company where he was a fire protection specialist and Chief of the fire brigade. He was a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years, serving the Takoma Park, MD Volunteer Fire Department and Indian Rocks, FL, Volunteer Fire Department where he also served terms as Fire Commissioner and Commission Chairman. He served several years as Secretary to the Pinellas County Fire Chief's Association. He helped to develop countless numbers of firefighters as an Instructor for many fire protection courses. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years. He was a member of the Anona United Methodist Church where he proudly served on the mowing and grounds maintenance team, and ushered in the traditional sanctuary. Don/Dad/Papa's greatest love in life was always his family. His gentle and kind spirit lives on in the hearts of those who survive him, his devoted wife of 58 years, Shirley Magness; daughter, Susan Ryan, Deland, FL; son-in-law Tim Ryan, Atlanta; son, Scott Magness (Kris), Largo; daughter, Cindy Magness, Pinellas Park; granddaughters, Nicole Linington (Scott), Dunedin, Shannon Ryan, Orlando, Lindsey Magness, Largo; great-granddaughters, Avery and Anna Linington; and a beloved extended family across the U.S. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Hands of Healing Medical Missions Team, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774. Friends are calling Sunday, May 11, from 1-2 pm with a Memorial Service at 2 pm all at Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Condolences may be offered at: www.mossfeasterlargo.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 8, 2014