Donald Philip Scarborough
April 3, 1945 – February 14, 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 https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/docs/Contribution.pdf. 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.
You may leave words of comfort and sympathy at www.Hardage-GiddensChapelHills.com. HARDAGE-GIDDENS CHAPEL HILLS, 850 Saint Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32225, is serving the family.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, March 30, 2019
Donald Philip Scarborough
March 31, 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! 😢
March 30, 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.
March 29, 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.
March 28, 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.
March 21, 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.
March 21, 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.
March 20, 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)
March 20, 2019
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
March 16, 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
Si Davey (Whipmaker)
March 15, 2019
I am saddened to hear this news, Donald was a great bloke and always had a kind word about anything. You know there are to few of his kind left, and it's just not fair, our loving thoughts to you and your family from me and my family God bless mate, Si.
March 14, 2019
I only spent one day with Don... It was I suppose somewhere in the summer of 2005 at my house in New Windsor, MD. He and I shared a friend, Lenny... He came to my home and we really hit it off... Two crazy Jesus guys is about the best way to describe us.
I moved down to Mississippi and as fate would have it, I began doing Kairos walks at Parchman penitentiary. Don called me up a couple years ago... Lord I don't remember when exactly... He reminded me that I had told him way back when that the lyrics and the melodies would come to him. He said... You were so right!! He goes on to tell me that he fell into this amazing Kairos ministry... so I laughed and said... same.
He began sending me these really neat... very simple cell phone recordings... And I would go in and tighten the lyric melodies up and write the chords around the lyrics...
He sent me this thing called "Have A Little Faith"... I've been working on it for a little while now... He inspired a most excellent children's book to go with the song...
I've had a rather stormy last couple years... and if I had a nickel for every time Don lifted me up with his words... and I am sure prayers... I'd have a pocket full of change...
Don is a great ship that now sails on the other side of the ocean, just a little out of view over the horizon. There is no question in my mind he is close by... and that is comforting to me.
I will miss him...
March 14, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. I have known Don for many years when we were federal agents working in Baltimore, MD. Don was sharp and a hard working Agent with a great sense of humor and kinship. I will miss going to annual Firearms Qualifications with Don as we always had a great breakfast after the qualification and caught up on old friends and life in general. My condolences to the Scarborough family and the many friends Don has touched during his unselfish life which he lived to the fullest. God Bless and our thoughts and prayers are with the family!
March 13, 2019
Don was truly a class guy, who loved God and his family. He proudly served his country and was always willing to help anyone in need. He was an inspiration to all that met him. I feel blessed to have known him.
March 7, 2019
I remember him fondly. A true gentleman without a pretentious bone in his body. Man was that guy good with a gun. So much patience teaching a novice yacht crew how to shoot and having us all over for dinner at your parents house. What a legend. Condolences to the entire family.
Love Greg Kirsten and Beau.
March 6, 2019
We first met Panch and Wilma when we moved to Pa and all attended a small Nazarene church in New Freedom. One Sunday Panch was teaching an adult class on the other side of a partition where I was teaching a young children’s class .
There was a moment when my class got unbelievably quiet long enough for me to hear Panch speak of the fears we all face in our lives. His words “Draw on your faith, not your fears ” still ring in my ears. I had earlier experienced a life changing event and was still dealing with the trauma and fear of it all.
I know God used Panch that day to help take away my fears and to truly draw on my faith and trust God even more for which I will be eternally grateful.
We love you and our prayers are with you all Wilma🙏❤️
March 1, 2019
Dear Wilma and family, I remember when I was bagging at earth fare and met Don and you for the first time. Don and you surprised me with a happy birthday card. I was surprised and appericative of it. Don has uplifted me to be generous and his music was heartfelt. His music and poems got me through some rough times. Ms.Wilma thank you for always encouraging me as well.
I love y'all and the Freeman family will be praying your family.
February 28, 2019
We first met and got to know Mr. Scarborough at basketball practice. He would be there with his Grandson and both of us would be standing in the balcony watching the boys play basketball. The hour long practice seemed like forever, but it always went by much quicker when Pancho was there. The length of this message board isn't long enough for me to share with you all the numerous stories Pancho shared with us. But I'm sure you all know that, if you knew Pancho. The best memory I have is when Pancho shared the children's book he wrote with my then 6 year old daughter and 3 year old son. The 3 of them were all huddled around Pancho's phone as he read and showed the illustrations of the book. Every conversation I observed Pancho having, including the time he read to my kids, he always told people about Jesus. Thank you Pancho for writing, sharing, and telling my kids about Jesus.
February 28, 2019
It is hard at times like these to find the words to describe such a character that made such a large impact on my life. I first met Panch about 3 or 4 years ago, and quickly became his "most trusted dog sitter" to his trusty steed, Buddy. After our first conversation, I knew Panch was someone special. I owe a lot to this man, as he quickly introduced me to his son Philip, who is now my friend, and boss. Panch is the reason my career in Real Estate began. Panch and Wilma quickly became family, and remain that to this day. I will forever cherish the memories of the time I spent with Panch. Our random lunch dates when work "just wasn't busy", spending hours in his living room having "laser target practice", and all of his wonderful stories and shared experiences. I will always wish he could have shared just one more! To Philip, Wilma, and the family, I only hope I can be half the man Panch was! I love you all! Have no doubt that Panch is alongside his creator, that he loved and served faithfully. Rest Easy Panch, you have received the greatest gift of eternal life where we too shall join you one day! Can't wait to see you again!
February 27, 2019
Dear Wilma and family,
My brother Donny (the other Don Scarborough as we always joked) called to tell me the sad news. I am so sorry for your loss. The obituary in the Aegis was absolutely beautiful and so inspirational. What a wonderful life and a great person he was. I know you will miss him dearly.
With my deepest sympathy and love,
February 27, 2019
Several years ago I was headed to a small Caribbean island for a long vacation, and I wanted to take along a guitar to play while there. Also, an island resident friend was looking to obtain a guitar to accompany her singing in her church.
Not wanting to risk traveling with my old Martin D-28, I planned to purchase a guitar, take it to the island, and then give it to my island friend when I left. I was planning on spending a substantial amount for a suitable instrument to enjoy on the vacation.
I happened to mention my plan to Phil, who told his dad, Don, about it. Several days later I received a call from Phil. He told me Don had a guitar to give me for my trip. I offered to pay, but Don would not accept any payment.
I was amazed! The guitar was a very playable Ovation acoustic guitar, and a much better instrument than I had planned on buying, and Needless to say, I had a very enjoyable experience on my vacation with the new guitar.
Upon leaving I presented the guitar to my friend for her church singing. She was very surprised, tearful and astonished. She was very thankful, but I explained to her that her new guitar came from Don Scarborough: he was responsible for her new high quality instrument!
I could not have been more appreciative of Don’s unexpected and very great generosity.
After having only briefly met him one time, Don solved a problem for me, and made a friend of mine, a stranger to him, extremely joyous.
Peter & Rochelle Fiato
February 25, 2019
Our Heartfelt sympathy & prayers go out to Wilma and her family at this time. We have many fond memories of Panch with Wilma and their family through the years. Panch was the kindest, caring man we ever knew. We are blessed by knowing Panch. He is definitely rejoicing in heaven now. Love, Peter & Rochelle Fiato
February 25, 2019
Sorry for your loss.
Your Dad and I were in basic training together at Fort Bragg, the bunks were made of pipe with steel springs. For a couple of nights in a row right after lights out was called I heard a bed screeching back and forth. Being tired and listening to this sound would help me fall a sleep, a few days later there was a full moon which lit up the inside of the Barack. Looking across the room to see where the screeching was coming from I saw your Dad holding the top rail of the bunk doing toe lifts to strengthen his calf muscles. Good night Panch thanks for putting me to sleep. God Bless you all, your Dad was a wonderful man. Steve
February 24, 2019
I just found out that there was a character limit so here is the second part. In the first part I remember and I didn't mention that Don and his beautiful wife Wilma took in a new female agent from Philadelphia and let her stay at their home until she was able to get her own place. That's just the way they are they are wonderful people. I was saying that Don shared his music with me and then later he also sent me the drawings of his religious children's books and I thought this is really something special. He met my mom who is also very religious and she and Him hit it off as well. A few days ago, on February 9th my sister-in-law died of leukemia and despite the pain in his right ear, the sleep deprivation and just feeling crummy Don sent me beautiful text messages of prayers and an unbelievable poem or at least I thought it was. He told me that Susan (my sister in law) was sitting at Jesus feet. I was like Wow who wrote that and he told me he did and it was lyrics to his song in 2004. A few days later February 14th Wilma texted me that Don had passed away. I like many of you was devastated. I was in shock how can such a healthy person pass away, and my first reaction was selfishness. Who will I talk to for advice on everything from nutrition, exercise and more importantly God. I called my mom to give her the news and I couldn't talk I was so choked up. Immediately she said he's already in heaven and I thought of the lyrics and said he was sitting next to Jesus feet. I had to use some of my old detective skills to find Phil's number but when I finally talked to him we both shared stories. I told him how I reacted when Don told me Phil was not going to college but instead was sailing the globe on a Billionaire's yacht. I'm like no you can't let him do this and he was okay with it he said God had another plan for him and he surely did as Phil is very successful today. I speak about Don in the present tense because I believe his soul is still here with us. God Bless
February 24, 2019
Hello family and friends of my good buddy Don. I hope there is no limit on characters on this site because I can write quite a bit about Don. I met Don in 1993 when I was a new agent with Social Security Administration office of Inspector General in the Fort Lauderdale office and he was a veteran out of the Jacksonville office. We met at our annual conference and we hit it off from the beginning but I never understood until later why he would not partake in the after-hours bar hopping that most law enforcement officers do especially when out-of-town. As years passed I became the tactical instructor and saw Don more often since I had to train the entire Southern District. We would usually go out to dinner and have a glass of wine he would always say that I had a great bodybuilders body but he was always in great shape and can do one-handed push-ups. That was the thing he always had something great to say about you and would always downplay his own ability. He would talk my ear off about nutrition and I was lost, and I would say just send me what I need to buy to be more like you. Later I accepted an offer to become a customs agent which later became ICE. We still were in contact even though I was in a different agency. In 2007 I had a big problem and lost my career. Don was one of two agents who continued to speak with me when everyone else shut the door. He was always there for me no matter what. This is when he introduced me to God and it all started to make sense. Later my sister-in-law and brother-in-law moved to Jacksonville, and we would go out to eat with Don and Wilma and in turn they got to meet my family especially my sister-in-law and brother-in-law that had just moved to Jacksonville and did not have many friends in the area. Don would send me lyrics and recorded songs and I introduced him to a just jockey friend of mine to try to get the music out to an audience. I thought he was so talented but he always downplayed the thing.
February 24, 2019
Panch was one of the most interesting individuals we have met. Words can't adequately describe how he will be missed. To his family: please know that you have been in our prayers.
February 24, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of Pancho.
February 23, 2019
The first couple my husband, Jim, and I met when we moved to Jacksonville 20 years ago was Pancho and Wilma. We were new in town and didn't know a sole. On Sunday, we decided to go to Calvary Chapel on third street at the beach. Panch and Wilma sat in front of us and they were just so friendly and kind, asking lots of questions about how we came to the Jax and the church. After the service, they turned around and asked us if we wanted to come over for dinner that night. It blew us away, they were just so friendly and welcoming to two total strangers. It was through that first meeting that we got to know them and then their son Phil. Through the years when we would see Pancho, he always had some interesting information on a new healthy diet or exercise. He loved talking about various nutritional supplements and the value of being fit. When my husband was ill a few years ago, Pancho reached out on many occasions thru a call an email, or meeting Jim for lunch. He wanted to help him in any way he could, offering relaxing musical CD's, herbal supplements, and scriptural verses. He just had heart for people and the Lord. What a wonderful, Godly man. We mourn for Pancho now, but not as those who have no hope, because we know that our sweet friend is finally home with his Heavenly Father. Peace my friend eternal peace.
February 23, 2019
I have thought long and hard about what I would say because there is so much I want to say about this wonderful man. He was one of the most interesting people I know I used to sit and listen to him for hours, he was caring, giving, a man of God and above all humble about everything he did and I know how much he did for other people especially ministering to the people who did not have a voice...like the prisoner. I came up with a word that would sum it up and that is HUMILITY, With humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
In a misguided desire to appear humble, some people intentionally downplay their abilities and achievements. Your abilities and achievements, however, were unique gifts your God had given to you. Godly humility would have you accept them with pure gratitude and do your best to use them to there fullest. “to God be the glory!” This is heavenly humility...and the height of wisdom. This is what my friend Panch had which made him shine like a stain glass window from the inside out. You have left a legacy to so many that will live on. Thank you for being my friend. You will be missed.
February 23, 2019
Unfortunately, I am unable to recall much of my memories of childhood era (the time which Mr. Ponch was around in my life). But, I do remember that roughly 4 years ago, he was up in Pennsylvania visiting and he stopped by the church (now Holy Trinity) to talk to/drop a book off with Fr. Mike Brecht. We began talking and he asked me who I was, so I told him Michael Annis, and he was a bit surprised (but he remembered me). We talked for a few more minutes and he left. It was very nice to see him after all those years and talk.
To the family, my condolences and prayers during this time. May God's Peace be upon you all!
February 22, 2019
I first met Panch many years ago when he was in Ames Department store with Wilma, who was pushing baby Susan in a stroller. Our paths wouldn’t cross again until I reconnected with Wilma via Facebook. Last February, John and I had a chance to sit and share a meal and a great conversation with Wilma and Panch when they visited Cape Coral. We both thought Panch was a super person, and that he and Wilma made a wonderful couple. He was a great conversationalist and the kind of person that made you feel comfortable and at ease. His light shone brightly during his time on earth and we know that Heaven is his new address.
February 22, 2019
I was introduced to Don by his son Philip. I met Don the first time delivering his roofing quote.
Spent a lot of time speaking about the Lord & he really smiled that big smile after hearing my answer to this question. Don asked me how long I had been in sales?
I mentioned that I started selling Bibles in 1976 door to door in the summers to pay for my college & that started 2 hours of some back & forth stories from his very interesting life as well.
He was always interested in people’s lives more than himself.
He spent many a hours speaking to my Project managers running my roofing crew & even the crew as well.
He also was a very giving person to many.
Sorry to hear about Don’s Passing but our memories are what give us our strength to enjoy our loved ones after they are
February 22, 2019
Hey Phil, this is Mark Frady. I'm Danny Stella's partner. I am sorry to hear about your dad. He and I met only once and I will never forget him. I did a small roof repair on one of his rental homes. He tried to pay me and I said no. Instead, he gave me a Benchmade switchblade knife! We spoke for a couple of hours and I will treasure that conversation. We talked at length about the Lord and his prison ministry. The one thing I took away about your dad was his love for the Lord and his love for people. I left him that day with a smile on my face and a good feeling in my heart. I would imagine he did that for everyone he met.
Rona and Louis Halikman
February 22, 2019
Our families shared a history together .
We came from different backgrounds and those differences were our teachers. Don loved to learn about all religions. He and his family were often guests at our traditional celebrations. We can still see him toasting a glass of red wine at our Passover Seder. His smile lit up the room.
He was truly a friend to all. We will always love him and miss him.
With love always Rona and Lou
February 22, 2019
Kevin and I met Panch and Wilma When they rented our cabin In Woodland Park Colorado, I don’t know maybe eight years ago now. Such wonderful loving people kind and gentle. We have talked over the years how we wish we could’ve gotten to know them better, and hopefully someday we will be able to see Wilma again. We share in your grief and do know what a wonderful husband and father you had. We offer our loving support and sympathies from afar. Kevin and Janelle Sterling
February 21, 2019
Pancho was a phenomenally faithful man. My family was introduced to Wilma and Panch via Phil. We looked forward to gathers at their home, mostly so Craig and Pancho could chat. My funniest moment of him was when we were caravanning new homes with Watson Realty. As we left a newly listed home in The Scarborough's neighborhood, we rounded the bend..there was Pancho, in his undies working out in the garage. Phil may have been mortified but I was impressed by his dedication and tenacity to stay fit, vibrant and healthy. Thoughts and prayers to friends and family. Xoxo
February 21, 2019
My memories of Panch, are from my childhood days. I loved seeing him at church, he was always so kind to me. I didn't have a father growing up, so Panch, would always take time to listen to what I had to say. He would always show me what God, the Father, was like, because, he lived through Panch. I enjoyed visiting him and his family. That was always a special occasion. Panch, walked the walk and talked the talk. He was unashamed about his love for the Lord. That was evident in all he did, especially his family. I know many people are in Heaven because of his faith and him always sharing the Lord. I also know, he was welcomed by the Lord, well done good and faithful servant. We will see you again and it will be a wonderful reunion. Wilma and family, my prayers are with you. Panch, left a wonderful legacy, which he left for you to carry on. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of grief.
February 21, 2019
I didn’t get to see Panch all of the time but whenever I got the chance I so enjoyed hearing the word of his faith. The last time I saw him he shared some of his song lyrics and also his poetry. The words were beautiful. He was a good man, a terrific family man and I am proud to say a good friend. He will be greatly missed by all. R.I.P Dear Friend. See u one day
February 21, 2019
I grew up with “Donny” in Emmerton, south of Be Air, Md. We were in Cub Scouts together and attended Emmerton Elementary School. We played sports together at a field near our houses. In the winter we skated on a nearby pond. One time my brotherDave Necker and Donny were in a contest to see who could go farther on the thin ice. My brother won and Donny went through the ice. Luckily the pond was shallow so he got out fine, but he had a long wet and cold walk home. My brother also bought a whip from Donny. It has a wooden handle. He still has it. This was all in the 1950’s and early 60’s. I lost track of Donny but he was married to a friend of my wife’s, (Susanne Smith Necker) Great memories. Sorry to see of his death.
Pastor Keith Pintar
February 21, 2019
Don was a godly man who walked with God in all he did. He was a true friend to so many and his songs, poetry, compassion and love will continue to live on and bless so many. I'm grateful for the beautiful friendship and encouragement Don was so free to give. I know he is blessed to be in the loving arms of Jesus, writing his songs and poetry and being embraced by the love of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. See you there, my brother.
February 21, 2019
Don laid down a strong foundation for his family and many others he didn’t even know through his faith, literature, and service to his country. He will be missed physically but his energy will be felt for generations.
Thank you for your service and rest easy, Don.