Frank Donald

[27 FEB 1930 - I2 - 20272 - 4 SEP 2010]

Frank Donald Eulogies

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I-2 Firsties - 4th Row: Gray - Fralen - Donald (CO) - Fiscus - 3rd Row: Vanden Bosch - Schow - Hamilton - Jeter - Campbell - 2nd Row: McCarthy - Brown - Wells - Roth - 1st Row: Macdonald - Harvill - Wray - Roades - Wallis - Meetze - Sims



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I-2 Cows



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I-2 Yearlings - 4th Row: Dilts - Donald - McCarthy - Brown - Roth - 3rd Row: Campbell - Hamilton - Wells - Meetze - 2nd Row: Vanden Bosch - Fralen - Macdonald - Gray - 1st Row: Roades - Berg - Wanderer - Harvill - Jeter - Fiscus (not pictured: Sims)



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I-2 Plebes - 4th Row: McCarthy - Munsch - Roth - Roades - 3rd Row: Campbell - Fralen - Vanden Bosch - Macdonald - Wanderer - Berg - Wray - 2nd Row: Meetze - Hamilton - Harvill - Dilts - Wells - Donald - Fiscus - 1st Row: Gray - Jeter - Charles Parks - Brown - Schow - Sims



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Front row: Col. Fraser - Dulk - Bossert - Smetana - Straus - Fikaris - Gilpatrick - Cathey - Jacobs - Maj. McCanna - 2nd row: Donald - Raymond - Garn - Bates - Dorward - Eddins - Wix - 3rd Row: Fetko - Lovell - Ginter - Karam - Geran - Hergenroder - Ludwig - Rock - Rich Miller [1954 Firstie Trip]



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1953 Football Intermurder Brigade Finals



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1953 Football Intermurder Brigade Finals



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Front Row: ? - Donald - Meetze - DeSimone '54 -
Dilts x'55 - ? - Macdonald [I-2 1953 Football Team]



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I-2 Wives

Beast Barracks: Bill Brown, Charles Parks, Howard Whittaker, and Jim Hughes

Plebe: Bill Brown, Frank Donald, Charles Parks (1/2), Ed Dilts (1/2)

Yearling: Bill Brown, Tom Sims, Dave Wanderer

Cow: Bill Brown and Frank Donald

Firstie: Bill Brown and Frank Donald


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Frank Lofton Donald, Jr.

Frank Lofton Donald, Jr. was born on 27 February 1930 in Selma, Alabama. He was appointed to West Point from the 4th Congressional District of Alabama and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company I2, was a Cadet Captain and the Company Commander his first class year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Air Force.


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[AUG 2010]: Pete Fikaris called and spoke with Frank and reports that Frank seemed to be confused and probably is experiencing dementia.


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[SEP 2009]: Three classmates, Prater, Secord, and Nordlie, all visited Frank Donald in his nursing facility. He recognized all three, but they report he is in very bad shape. It was a very depressing experience for the visitors, but they are sure it gave him some cheer. Dick reported all this to his daughter, Lynda who visits him frequently as does his wife who is in the same facility.


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Dick Hoeferkamp [SEP 2009] visit: My wife Ellie and I visited with Frank today in Pensacola. When we arrived he was in bed and asleep, but awoke and was alert when I spoke to him. We had not known each other at the academy, but spoke of our time there. He recalled that he was company commander of I-2 and sang in the chapel choir. We also discovered that we were both in Vietnam 1966-67, though he was in the air and I was on the ground.**** He said that the Catholic priest visits and communes him, and I spoke a prayer for him and his family before we left. We spoke of his family, and he goes in his wheel chair to visit his wife Mary Joe when he can. We also dropped by to visit in her room briefly. ****Frank sends his greetings to you and the class. When I left, I said "Beat Navy!" We hope to visit with him once a month.


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Jack Campbell update [AUG 2009]: After conversations with Frank's first wife, Betty Diffly and his daughter, Lynda Jones I can give you the following up-date on Frank Donald.

Frank is currently living in a nursing home in Pensacola with his wife, Mary Joe. They are both in poor health and we are adding Frank to the Class Prayer List at the request of his daughter, Lynda.

Lynda sees Frank weekly and will keep us informed as to his health. Frank will be added to the Business net, using Lynda's email address and she will take messages to him on her weekly visits. She reports that Frank had to have one leg amputated a while back as a result of circulation problems. He spends his time either in bed or in a wheel chair, but his attitude is good and he is popular with the nursing staff.


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Jack Campbell report [2009]: When Paula and I were at West Point in the 60's, Frank and Betty were there and lived near us. They had two daughters and we think a baby boy (maybe girl). The next time we saw Betty was at the Florida Mini in (APR 2003). She and Frank had divorced and she had remarried. Her new husband later died, but she went by his last name (Betty Donald Diffly). Frank's wife that was killed in an automobile accident would have been a third wife, after Betty and before Mary Joe.


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Bill Haas report [2009]: When Frank was stationed at Langley, his wife (who was pregnant) was killed in an automobile accident. He subsequently met Mary Joe, who worked at Langley, and married her. In the later years after retirement (Lt. Col: 1985) when we got to know them, they lived in Montgomery. My guess is that Montgomery was his last duty station. Laura and Mary Joe had a lot in common as both had mastectomies at about the same time, and both were on the same chemo drug. With Frank in failing health and Mary Joe of course in danger of cancer returning, they made the decision to move to Florida c2001 to be near Frank's sister. We do not recall her name. Laura does not believe that they had any children, but she is not positive. Not long after they moved to Florida.



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Frank died on 4 SEP 2010 and Mary Joe died in NOV 2010.


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Retired USAF Lt. Col. Frank Lofton Donald, Jr.

Lt. Col. Frank Lofton Donald, Jr. USAF (retired),born Febuary 27, 1930, in Selma Alabama, died September 4, 2010 in Pensacola,

Col. Donald, son of Frank and Eppie Donald (deceased), is survived by his wife, Mary Joe, a sister, Lyda Donald (Birmingham), former wife, Betty Diffly (Miramar Beach, Fl.) 3 children: Lt.Col. Blake Lofton Donald USAF (Jeri) Las Vegas, NV. Lynda Jones (Birmingham) Julie Kovach (Frank) Highlands, N.C., and 5 grandchildren: Chase Lofton Donald, Caitlyn Elizabeth Donald, Dylan ap Thomas Jones, Margaret Leigh Jones, and Davis ap Thomas Jones.

He graduated from Albert G. Parrish High, attended LSU until his appointment to the United States Military Academy, graduating in the class of 1955. He served our country in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. His tour of duty included 100 missions flown over North Vietnam in the RF-101 during the war. He received The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Force Commendation Medal and ten Air Medals.

He was buried with full military honors at the Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida on September 13, 2010.


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Mary Joe Donald

Birth: Jul. 19, 1931
Death: Nov. 2, 2010

Mary Joe Donald, 79, of Pensacola died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Barrancas National Cemetery. Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Spouse: Frank Lofton Donald (1930 - 2010)

Burial:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: 53 0 451


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