Donald Philip Scarborough

3 abril , 194514 febrero , 2019

Donald Philip Scarborough (Pancho) 73, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Wilma Martin Scarborough, his daughters Susan Daugherty (Kent), Stacy Stathopoulos (Nick) and his son Philip Scarborough (Stacy) and his sister Lois Scarborough and sister-in-law Sherrie Martin Crowther.

His life lives on within his seven grandchildren: Frank, Patrick and Madison Daugherty; Parker and Ella Scarborough; and John and Philip Stathopoulos.

Born in 1945 in Bel Air, Maryland, he was raised by his Mother Melrose McGibney Scarborough. He graduated from Bel Air High School in 1963, and then served his country as an Army Sergeant in Vietnam from October 1968 – December 1969. After his honorable discharge, he pursued an education in criminal justice and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Baltimore in 1974. His life long career was in law enforcement and he retired from the Federal Government as a Special Agent with the Inspector General’s Office in 2004.

While his career involved upholding the law, his passion was sharing the truth of the Gospel, which he lived each and every day. He did this effortlessly by giving his time, talents and resources to just about anyone who crossed his path. He did not believe in coincidences. He knew that every person he met in his life was placed there for a reason and many of them were the prisoners he met while serving in the Kairos Ministry.

After retirement, he lived his life to the fullest. He traveled extensively with his wife and was always up for ANOTHER "last family vacation." He was always up for new adventures like going out to sea on motor yachts, hiking dangerous terrain in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and traveling to Alaska. He began writing poems and lyrics immediately after his return from a mission’s trip to the Dominican Republic. His wife will attest that he’d never written anything prior to this event. He found much joy in writing poetry and song lyrics and he loved sharing them with his family, friends and anyone who expressed interest.

A dream he never thought could happen came true when his pastor and friend Keith Pintar used & recorded his lyrics in the CDs "Now" and "Musicianary." Several of the songs were in a Christian movie titled "Winning Favor." Everything Pancho did, he did to minister the good news of Jesus Christ. His song lyrics and his poems have been played and read all over the world.

Pancho also loved animals, especially the dogs that shared his home and loved him unconditionally over the years; Meghan, Grace and Buddy could never have found a more perfect master.

As a young man, Pancho was able to walk on his hands and impressed many who witnessed this feat. He remained a strong man who could do fifteen one-arm pushups even into his 70’s. He considered himself a bit of a cowboy from his boots to his belt buckles. His man cave reflected his love for all things southwest, from paintings to his saddle. He loved horses and cars with horsepower. Pancho liked driving in style and appreciated the higher quality vehicles since most of his life he had clunkers. He strived to live as healthy as possible and had a passion about all things health related. He always had a word of encouragement, a song in his heart and twinkle in his eye. He ALWAYS wanted more for others than he wanted for himself.

There are not enough words to describe the love he had for his wife, his children and his grandchildren. It was a selfless love that was felt strongly, deeply, and perfectly. He prayed for each family member every day and encouraged us to stay strong in the Lord and to "Keep the Faith and Walk the Walk." His most recent passion and project was a children’s book based on one of his songs. This project was dear and very personal to him as another way to proclaim Jesus through having faith. Pancho was a Christian through and through and wanted everyone to know His Lord and Savior and to find peace in the promise of eternal life.

A celebration of Pancho’s life will be held March 30th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Chet’s Creek Church located at 4420 Hodges Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32224.

In lieu of flowers, you can make charitable donations to the Scarborough Family Charitable Fund (Giving Account #1049956) make checks payable to Fidelity Charitable. For mailing instructions and for the tax deduction form and record purposes, visit Your donations will support Pancho’s Children’s Book Ministry.

The family would love for you to log into the guest book and share a favorite memory of him and/or how he may have touched your life.

His celebration of life video can be viewed at:

You may leave words of comfort and sympathy at HARDAGE-GIDDENS CHAPEL HILLS, 850 Saint Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32225, is serving the family.


  • Celebration of Life

    sábado, 30 marzo , 2019


Donald Philip Scarborough


Bruno Conticello

28 agosto , 2019

I am extremely saddened to hear about Poncho, we worked together from time to time. He was always upbeat, always had a kind word for everyone even if they didn’t deserve it. Don had a great sense of humor, he would often make me laugh when I was feeling blue. Most Important he always encouraged me to continue with my education, which thanks to him I received my M.S. From Univ of Baltimore in the late 70’s. He was always a loyal friend, I will miss him very much.

Beth Mielke

31 marzo , 2019

We moved to Florida in 2015 and Panch and Wilma introduced themselves the first week we were there. They were a God send - literally. They soon became part of our small group bible study on Sunday evenings. Panch always had encouraging words for us. When we were so far from home and no family around, Panch and Wilma became our family. Panch was like a grandpa to our daughter Joy. He looked out for her, loved her unconditionally, attended all the neighborhood events where Joy and her friends put on dances and plays. He even let the JJJR kids wash their super nice car without flinching! Roy and I did the flinching for him! 😧. Thankfully the kids did not scratch the car - that we know of anyways. A few times as I walked around the neighborhood with our dog Margo he would join me. We had great conversation. He had such a big heart and wore it on his sleeve for all to see. The last time our family was with Panch and Wilma - they had invited us over for lasagna dinner before we moved away. It was a WONDERFUL time with them and a great dinner. When we were done he asked the kids if they wanted ice cream. They said yes. Panch asked what kind of ice cream. Reece said vanilla and Joy said mint. He left and went out to get it. He and Wilma were so gracious to us when we lived there. He will be forever in my heart and I will remember those walks we had together and him singing his song “have a little faith”. 🙂. Looking forward to visiting Oanch in heaven for eternity. Until then Panch - YOU are missed! 😢

Arpana Fernandez

30 marzo , 2019

Don was such a magnetic force of life and generosity. Our hearts go out to the whole family. My husband and I had the incredible luck of meeting Don almost 20 years ago through my work. From that first moment of conversation we built a friendship that was only enhanced when we met Wilma. Although our families were not able to visit each other often, every time we saw each other, the friendship rekindled. Wilma and Don have been there through some very happy times for us including special family occasions. We will miss him, but of all the people we knew he exemplified a life well lived in all aspects. We are all blessed to have been a part of his life in some way.

Paul Cummins

29 marzo , 2019

Panch was the most dynamic Child of God I have ever met. From his service to our country, his passion for family, to his couriosity for natural health and life, he is truly the “most interesting man I know “. It was that heart that was revealed in his writings, especially his upcoming children’s book, in his lyrics and the rhyme of his songs, showed he did walk his talk and it was Spirit led. His stories of past, present and future plans inspired many to faith and action. His encouragement helped me to get involved with the incarcerated of our society, through Kairos Prison Ministry, sharing God’s love with some of the least of these. I will miss our talks and I am looking forward to sharing with him again in our eternal home.

Dorothy Vining

28 marzo , 2019

Donnie and Wilma were there for our family during some of the darkest times in my life. My brother was a voice of wisdom, love, and patience. He had so much love for children, animals, and everyone. He gave so much to so many of himself, his money, and his time. I look forward to seeing his children's book in print. He leaves such a wonderful legacy of music, poems, children and grandchildren, a book, and not to mention all the people he is touched. I have been very privileged to see a small part of it all. I cannot imagine my life without him. I look forward to seeing him in the future, but I miss him dearly now as I am sure so many do. I prayed for my brother every day, and I will continue praying for his entire family.

William Moore

21 marzo , 2019

Memory of Pancho (For Philip)

I just wanted to share some happy thoughts with you.
Your Dad would come into Lowes and we would talk for long periods of time . He was such a good person. He would give me advise and then we would talk about how he was doing with his neck and back pain and then we would get to his favorite subject...You. He would go on and on about what you were working on and then going through the tough times with the irs. and he would say real forcefully My son knows what he's not good at and he gets people to fill those slots so he can focus on what he is good at. He was so proud of you. He would talk about how he he didn't have much to start with and how his farther didn't spend much time with him and he wanted to be different and be a better farther for you all . It is rare to see or meet such a kind, caring, intelligent, professional Man as him.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to know both of you.

If you need anything or if there is anything i can do for you don't hesitate to ask..

Take care and God Bless You and Yours.

John Thomas

21 marzo , 2019

During our high school years Don and I had a lot in common. We lived a mile away, our birthdays were only days apart, and most importantly, we were best friends.
At that time, there was a popular western on tv called THE CISCO KID. It starred Cisco and his sidekick Pancho. Since Don and I were true amigos, I thought it appropriate to nickname him Pancho. Obviously, I was Cisco. A lifetime later I am truly honored that everyone only knows him as Pancho.
Pancho was a true patriot. He served his country in Vietnam and made a career in law enforcement as a federal agent. His service further exemplified his dedication and honor.
I was very comforted to read all of the numerous tributes on how Pancho had affected so many people. I am very proud to have known such an honorable Christian.
Wilma, you know it is with a very heavy heart that I write this tribute. We were like brothers. My thoughts are with you and the rest of the family.
Pancho, this is a temporary adios to a true amigo until we all return home.

Chris Petry

20 marzo , 2019

I am incredibly saddened to hear this news. I know he is in a better place and enjoying himself. I am sending you all lots of positive love and deep condolences. Your dad was always a real treat to talk to. Full of anecdotes and wisdom. I remember him trying to teach me about 401K plans and how to start getting ready for retirement before I could even comprehend such thoughts. Fired up about life! Thats the best way to describe him.

I unfortunately wont be able to make the journey to Jacksonville for the memorial celebration, but I know you all will have a great celebration. I will wear by blue jeans and cowboy boots that day in memoriam. Already have it marked on my calendar.

Please give your mom a BIG hug from me.
Love you, brother.
Chris Petry (Baltimore Maryland)

Rodrigo Rodriguez

20 marzo , 2019

Scarborough Family
I Pray that the Peace of The Lord be with you and you Family in this difficult time of you Life.
I love and respect your Father very much , I met him years ago ,when I came to Worship in Pastor Keith Pintar Church.
I am a Guitar player, in full time Ministry.
You Father was a great men of God, his generous heart help my Ministry en several occasions, he sponsor me financially to share the Gospel in different Country’s of the World including my own country Ecuador the last year.
I know he is in an Amazing Place, because he loves and believes in The Lord Jesus.
my Love and Respect.
Blessings to you

Marian Pritt

16 marzo , 2019

Wilma was and will always be a very dear friend of mine. The first time I met Panch we were sitting on the Ayres' lawn about 55 years ago YIKES. As stated before, Panch was asked to walk on his hands, which he did and we all were very impressed. Something happened that day that I know I saw. There was a spark that flew from Wilma to Panch and back again. Well several years later they were married and the rest is history.

Many years later they moved right down the road from us and our daughters, Susan and Julie became friends. We visited back and forth and were invited to dinner several time.

They moved to PA but that didn't stop us from keeping in touch and maintaining our friendship. We may not have seen each other often but when we did, was like we just talked the day before.

They came to visit us in FL 10 years ago, which meant the world to me. I remember Panch whistled the tune of his now famous song. We had such a good time and happy they took the time to stop by.

We will always keep those special times in our hearts and please know that our prayers will always be with you and your family.

Also Wilma please know that you can call me any time just to say hi and nothing else. That's what true friends do.

I love you and my heart hurts for you all, even though he is rejoicing, it's hard.


Mar & Will