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1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
DONALD VERNON The Vernons mourn the passing of Donald Hugh Vernon, of Tacoma, Wash., May 28, 2014, but celebrate a life well and truly lived. Don was born Jan. 8, 1931, the first of twins, and the first twins to be born in the hospital located in Pacific Grove, Calif. He joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 and had a 21-year career as an air traffic controller, serving in the United States, Japan, Greenland, Germany, and twice in Korea. After the service, Don joined the Federal Aviation Administration and served the people of the United States for another 22 years. His legacy will live on, not only through his family, but through his impact on others, mentoring, training and coaching air traffic controllers, using a gentle touch as a long-time supervisor. As a husband and father, Don was a friend, a lover, and a gentleman. He and Barbara shared a 63-year love story, full of excitement, adventure, and steadfastness. Together, they raised eight children, shared in the joys of 18 grandchildren, and were blessed with six great-grandchildren with a seventh on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Eva Vernon; and by his twin brother, Lee Vernon. Don is survived by his loving wife and partner in everything, Barbara; as well as his children, Micheal Vernon (Vana), Anne Vernon (John Rea), Donna Saunders (William), Kathryn Vernon, Jonathan Vernon (Sheryl), Mary Jenson, Rebecca Schumacher and Sarah Winnett (Albert ). After living all over the United States and the world, Don made his home in Tacoma for over 16 years. He supported the Wounded Warriors and contributed to the cause regularly. How appropriate for this fallen hero, one who will always live on in his family's heart. Services were previously held. Online condolences may be shared at
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