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Donald G. Jr. "Don"
Bahna, Donald G. Jr. "Don", age 48, of Knoxville, was welcomed home by his heavenly Father on April 20, 2013. Don was born in Toledo, Ohio on November 27, 1964.
Don graduated from Sylvania Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio, in 1983, where he was a four-year varsity wrestler. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University in 1987 with a BS in Circulatory Technology. At OSU he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and remained a proud and loyal Buckeye, always looking forward to cheering on the Bucs in the Horseshoe each year.
After graduation he was employed at Medical College of Ohio Hospital for four years as a perfusionist (heart/lung machine) until relocating to Knoxville in 1991 to work at Baptist Hospital.
In 1998 Don joined Daryl Mitchell and George Georgiafandis to form Volunteer Perfusion, a private partnership which provides perfusion services to Ft. Sanders, Parkwest and Oak Ridge Hospitals. He retired in December, 2012, due to illness.
In his personal and professional life, Don earned the respect, admiration and love of all whose lives he touched. He had a fantastic memory, a sensitive spirit, and a wonderful wit. He captured the essence of an individual's humor with spot-on imitations.
As a father, he always put his children first and he inspired so many with his devotion and commitment to raising them. Each year he made it a priority to send Christmas cards displaying the children's' most recent photograph.
As a son, brother, nephew and friend he always saw the good in everyone and his friends were friends for life. Those friends were there with support, good deeds, and prayers during the time when he needed them most.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Donald G. Bahna.
He is survived by his cherished children, Alex and Chloe Bahna; mother, Kay Bahna of Sylvania, OH; sisters, Carrie Hanley (Rik) of Williamsburg, VA, Connie Helms of Seminole, FL; brother, David Bahna of Northglenn, CO; nieces, Amelia Helms and Maija Miettinen; nephews, Dylan Helms and Kai Miettinen; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Whitney and Juha Miettinen; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jannie and Charles Swatzson; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28th, followed by a Christian Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel. A Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 29th, at All Saints Catholic Church with Father Michael Woods celebrant. There will be a memorial Mass to celebrate his life at St Joseph Church, Sylvania Ohio on Saturday, May 11th at 10:00 a.m. with burial in Sylvania.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Don's memory for esophageal cancer research. Checks can be sent to: OSU Medical Center Office of Development, 660 Ackerman Road, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218. Please include Don's name on the check and fund # 303266.
Don was his father's "hero", his mother's most tender heart, and his brother and sisters' funniest memory-keeper. May his children always remember that while he gave them the gift of life, his example of how to live is his greater gift.
Published in Toledo Blade from Apr. 24 to May 8, 2013