McLAUGHLIN, Donald Lee|
Donald Lee McLaughlin passed peacefully at home December 27, 2013 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born March 17, 1948 in Laurens, IA to James and Marge McLaughlin. After graduating high school in Marathon, IA in 1966, Don earned a BBA in Management from the University of Iowa in 1970.
Don and his wife Carol were married in Minnesota in June 1979 and relocated to Kyle in 1985. In 2006 he retired as the Associate Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Financial Services Center after 39 1/2 years of service.
Don was known for his generosity, goofy sense of humor, keen mind, and active lifestyle. He was a kid at heart and a pillar of his family. He previously volunteered as an EMT & firefighter with the Kyle Fire Department and as a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He was an avid soccer fan, coached his son's soccer team for 12 years, and played with a men's team in Austin. He was also a volunteer photographer for Austin Glamour and CTMC Hospice.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Steven McLaughlin and grandson Colton Freeze.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters Dawn Walker (husband Pete) and Michelle; son Michael (wife Lisa); sisters Mary Greiner and Sue Morgan (husband Tim); grandchildren Tyler, Krystal, Elizabeth, Rachael, and Melodie; great grandchildren Daymien, Dorrien, and Laverty; nephew Dan Crew (wife Tracy); and various extended family.
The family would like to thank Don's doctors for their excellent care: Dr. Gerald Falchook and practitioner Lyndsay Gaido with MD Anderson, and Dr. James Uyeki and nurse Lawrence with Texas Oncology.
Services will be held at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle. Visitation Thursday, January 2nd 6-8pm; funeral Friday, January 3rd 10am. Burial at Onion Creek Memorial Park will follow.
Donations to honor and celebrate Don's life may be made to MD Anderson, Make-A-Wish, and Hospice Austin.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014