Donald E. Lynn
Born August 14, 1947
LYNN, Donald Edmond (Age 65) passed away March 27th, 2013 at his home in Spokane, WA surrounded by his family. Don was born on August 14, 1947 in Burbank, CA. He graduated from John Burroughs High School, Class of 1965. He attended Los Angeles Community College and served two years in the Army at Fort Carson in Colorado. He then returned to Burbank to assume ownership of Lyn-Tron, Inc., a manufacturing company started by his father, Carroll Elliott Lynn. Under Don’s ownership, Lyn-Tron grew to be one of the industry’s most successful and respected companies. In 1993, Don moved the company from Burbank, CA to Spokane, WA. Over 30 Lyn-Tron employees and their families chose to make the move as well. Don loved going to work and cared deeply for his employees. Don’s son, Tyler, has now assumed the position of President and CEO of the family business that has meant so much to the Lynn Family.
Don was sealed to Karyn Diana Wyatt on May 8, 1976 for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This year they would have celebrated their 37th Anniversary together. They loved each other deeply and were best friends. Don’s greatest joy was being a father to his five children Whitney, Heather, Courtney, Meredith and Tyler. The Lynn family lived in Burbank and then in La Canada, CA for 10 years prior to moving to Spokane, WA. As a devoted father, Don spent his time coaching his kids’ soccer and basketball teams and attending his kids’ numerous games and tournaments. In the few moments he had outside his 5 children’s activities, he enjoyed cycling, tennis, golfing, and taking trips to see his close group of high school friends. Later in life he became interested in guns and loved going to the shooting range with his son and son-in-laws. He was also an avid reader, enjoyed discussing politics, and had a deep love for his country. Don loved to travel the world. Before his passing, Don and Karyn took a trip of a lifetime to Israel, Egypt and Jordon with Don’s sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Mike Howard.
Don was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served numerous times in the bishopric, was an esteemed youth leader, and found joy and fulfillment through his numerous callings at church. Don loved studying the scriptures and sharing the gospel. He was also a strong supporter of The ISAAC Foundation which provides educational opportunities and economic assistance to families with autistic children. Don centered his life around his faith in Jesus Christ, love of family and service to others. He was kind, humble, patient, hard-working, loyal, and an example to all who knew him.
Don is survived by his wife Karyn (Spokane), 4 daughters and son-in laws Whitney and Josh Holley, Heather and Spencer Lucas, Courtney and Matthew Shelby, Meredith and Benjamin Hawkins, his son Tyler Lynn; sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Mike Howard, half-sisters Barbara Thacher and Janet Miller; and 9 grandchildren Josiah, Jane, Ruby (Whitney), Annabelle, Harrison (Heather), Dylan, Tegan (Courtney), Evelyn, and Aaron (Meredith). Don is preceded in death by his baby grandson Edmond (Meredith), mother Evelyn Roth Paul, step-father Lawrence “Red” Paul, father Carroll Elliot Lynn, and step-mother June Hudson Lynn.
A service will be held on Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. (open viewing 9:30 a.m.) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 2721 E. 63rd Ave. in Spokane, WA. Burial to follow across the street at the Moran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Don’s name to The ISAAC Foundation (theisaacfoundation.org).
Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA is in charge of the arrangements.
- Funeral Service Friday, April 5, 2013
- Viewing Friday, April 5, 2013
Donald E. Lynn
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April 7, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss and grief. May the Spirit comfort and guide you all.
Olaf & Claudia Tessarzyk
April 6, 2013
Our Deepest condolences to the Lynn family and the employees of Lyn-Tron. We only met Don two years ago and valued him as a very kind and noble person with great integrity. We will keep him and his family in our prayers.
April 4, 2013
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Donald E. Lynn for your loss, to honor his service to our country and our patriotic hero.
April 3, 2013
Don was a sincere and trusted supplier tomy former employer. He will be missed by all those who knew him. May God comfort his family and friends.
EVP Marketing (Retired)
ACF Components & Fasteners
April 2, 2013
Don helped me start Quality Components Inc.in 1984. I am very saddened to hear about his passing. May the Lord Jesus hold him close in his loving arms. I had a heart transplant over 3 years ago and have found our Lord..or should I say..he found me. God Bless his family. Ray Manley, formerly of Massachusetts..now Connecticut.
April 2, 2013
Don was a wonderful person and a great boss. He had a very kind and noble heart. He will truly be missed. He had given this old girl a chance when she thought there were no more chances to give and I thank him dearly for that. My heart goes out to his wife and children.
Rick & Chris Johnson (RC Fasteners)
April 2, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the Lynn family and to all our friends at Lyn-tron. Don was truly a great man of integrity. He will be missed. Gods love and blessings to you all.
April 1, 2013
When I think Don, respect, dignity, integrity and love come to mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don was a great father, husband and friend.
March 31, 2013
Don will be missed by all of us who knew and loved him...Our thoughts and prayers are with all you. We love you.
Adrienne, Frank & Cameron Viola
March 31, 2013
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Karyn, Whitney, Heather, Courtney, Meredith & Tyler. May your deep religious faith and love get you through this very difficult time...
March 30, 2013
My regards to the family of "Oz". I pray that you all are blessed with the Love and Strength of your Lord, Jesus. I have many fond memories of Oz from my bike shop and of many bike rides and events together. My love to the family. Bobby Kemp, North Hollywood, Ca. and now Post Falls, ID.
Boyd and Janice Black
March 30, 2013
Like Paul in his epistle to Timothy, Don can honestly say:
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:"
To Karyn and the family: May your knowledge of Don's goodness and courage buoy you up at this sorrowful time.
All our love,