Anchorage resident Donald Joseph Devlin, 78, passed away Sept. 15, 2012, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage because of complications from cancer.
Donald lived in White Eye, Beaver and Fairbanks, before living at the Valley Christian Home in Wasilla.
Donald was a graduate of Wasilla High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines Corps and later attended aircraft mechanics school. After graduating from Northrop Institute of Technology in Inglewood, Calif., Devlin worked for Pacific Northern Airlines, Northern Consolidated and Survair/Dynair/Swissport for several years and then joined the Federal Aviation Administration for more than 30 years, and retired from federal service. Donald worked for World Airways as a large aircraft technician until 2006 when he retired.
Devlin was born Nov. 13, 1934, at Fort Yukon, to Bernice Yasuda Devlin of Beaver, and Joseph Francis Devlin of Nushagak. He was the eldest grandson of the late Kyosuke "Frank" and Nevelo Yasuda of Miyagi prefecture, Japan and Barrow and Beaver, respectively.
Donald enjoyed his friends at AmVets and Eagles, especially Bob-O, Digger Dan, Ron and Todd. They all were avid football fans, and enjoyed golfing and fishing. Don also enjoyed texting his brother and sister and he was becoming an expert on communicating on the computer and sending pictures to friends and family. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his beloved son, Donald R., and daughter, Jacqueline C.; brothers, Jack of Anchorage, Hugh of Clinton, Wash., and sister, Stephenita of Washington, D.C.
His survivors include his nephews, Vincent, Eric, Scott, David, Bruce and Jason; his nieces, Jacklyn, Stephanie, Rhonda, Pamela, and Jena.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bernice Devlin; beloved wife, Jamie; brother Frank; and nephews, Jimmy Joe, Joey and Justin.
A celebration of life for Donald will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Anchorage.
Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home Kehl's Chapel.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 3, 2012