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Donald Devoe Donaldson

Donald Devoe Donaldson, 74, of Riddlesburg, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020. 

Due to the recent COVID-19 regulations and restrictions, a Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Weaver Funeral Home LLC,, Woodbury. Please check the funeral home website for more information when it becomes available. 

Donald was born on Sept. 12, 1945, in Huntingdon, son of the late Merwyn Devoe and Alma Aileen (Dick) Donaldson. 

He was united in marriage to Mary Jo Wineland on Dec. 18, 1966, in Martinsburg. 

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jo Donaldson; son Joseph D. and wife Becky (Dilling) Donaldson of Martinsburg; daughter Amber Jo Donaldson and fiancé Jason Keith of Martinsburg; grandsons Braxton D. Keith, Tylan J. Keith, Braylon D. Donaldson, Hudson M. Donaldson and Lennon C. Donaldson; and twin brother Jon M. Donaldson and wife Adina of Robertsdale. 

Donald was a Class of 1963 graduate from Tussey Mountain Junior/Senior High School, Saxton. He played football, basketball and baseball and was president of his senior class and the Honor Society. 

After high school, Donald attended North Carolina State University on a full football scholarship. During his time at North Carolina State, he lettered and started three years in football. Donald played in the 1967 Liberty Bowl game and caught seven passes with NCSU beating Georgia. He graduated in January 1968 with two bachelor degrees, one in health and physical education and the other in recreation and park administration. Donald held a master's degree in elementary and secondary guidance and counseling from Shippensburg University. 

Donald first worked at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg where he taught health and physical education. He was also the Assistant Football Coach. After 9-1/2 years he took a job with Tussey Mountain Junior/Senior High School, where he taught for 42.6 years. He began with teaching elementary physical education and secondary health and physical education and eventually became the high school guidance counselor for many years. Donald was head football coach and coached Tussey softball for 29 seasons. 

Donald was inducted into the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a basketball official for 50 years and during this time worked two state finals. Donald was a lifetime member of PSEA, NEA and BPOE and attended the Six Mile Run Methodist Church.

Donald worked 39 summers as a seasonal park ranger at Raystown Lake.


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