Colonel Frederic Donald Selbie, Jr., was born on April 20, 1920 in Bronx, NY, to Alta Marie Appleby and Frederic Donald Selbie. He grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Princeton University as a Political Science major in 1942. He was accepted as a communications cadet and commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in December 1942. He received radar training at Harvard and MIT. After radar training, Don, as he liked to be called, was ordered to Pratt, Kan., where he joined the 25th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Group, 58th Wing (with the famed B29s); he took part in 28 missions from Chakalia, India, and 4 missions from Tinian Island.

Don was a captain at the end of WWII and, finding civilian life boring, he re-commissioned with the Air Force and served at Strategic Air Command bases in FL, TX, GA, KS, NM, Guam, England, and NE (twice), retiring as a colonel in 1968. Don then joined the Martin Marietta Corp; he retired as a VP in 1986. He took a leave of absence from Martin Marietta from 1975-1976 when he was asked to serve at the Pentagon in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence as the Director of the General Defense Intelligence Program.

Don married Marion Joyce Pierson on July 10, 1942; they were blessed with four children "" Ric Selbie (Joanna), GA; David Selbie (deceased); Dorrie O'Brien, TX; and Joe Selbie (Suzanne), CA "" and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Don and Joyce moved from Littleton, CO, to La Posada in Green Valley, AZ in 2003. Joyce passed away in 2005 after 63 years of marriage. Don married Jane Lohmann in 2008 and two stepdaughters joined his family "" Carol Lohmann (Terri Burchett), AZ; and Pat Lohmann (Jim Herd), IA. Don and Jane enjoyed four years together before his passing on Feb. 12, 2013. He was predeceased by his sister Shirley Selbie Boice Fanjoy, with a niece surviving him.

The family would like to thank the care providers at La Hacienda in La Posada who treated Don with love and compassion in his final days. A memorial service will be held at La Perla in La Posada on March 2, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. Burial will be in Littleton, CO. If you would like to honor Don, the family requests that donations be made to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Feb. 24, 2013