Today's Featured Biography
My sweet wife, of almost 49 years, went to Heaven on January 14, 2015. She was known by most of you as Donna Dodge, but mostly known by me as honey or sweetheart. My son, Scott, described Donna well when he wrote his Mom's obituary: "Donna Lynn Coleman was a loving wife, beautiful mother, wonderful grandmother, and dear friend. Donna's greatest joy came in spending time with her grandchildren. Donna excelled at caring for her grandchildren, as she did for her husband, and her two sons and daughter-in-law. Donna's favorite place to be was at home surrounded by her family; she loved to visit new places and to see the world, but always eagerly anticipated her return home. Donna enjoyed day trips with her grandchildren, visits from her boys, afternoon naps, a hot cup of tea, sharing laughs with good friends, window shopping, and baking sweets for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered." I will always remember Donna as one of God's greatest blessings to me.
Donna and I were married August 20, 1966, following our freshman year at Southern Nazarene University. After a semester at the University of Central Oklahoma, and three years, nine months, and seventeen days in the U.S. Navy (but who was counting), we moved to Oklahoma City.
In January 1972, I began a civil service career with the Navy Recruiting District in Oklahoma City. I also enrolled in night classes at UCO, and received a BBA degree in May 1977. Donna worked as the Patient Services Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Oklahoma City office. It was during our time in OKC that our two sons arrived -- Scott in December 1973 and Jeffrey in August 1976.
In August 1977, we moved to New Orleans, LA, where I began a Federal career in human resources management. Following our five years in New Orleans, my career really moved us around. We spent two years in Grand Prairie, TX; five years in Naples, Italy; two years in Keyport, WA; two years in London, England; five years in Panama City, FL; back to London, England for two more years; and then back to Panama City where I retired in January 2003.
Lynn Haven, FL, continues to be home, and is located on the north side of Panama City. Our youngest son Jeffrey, now a single parent, and his three children [Jeremy (17), Caroline (14), and Nicholas (12)], live nearby. Jeffrey is an Interactive Systems Engineer with CACI, a local defense contractor. Our son Scott and his wife, Jessica, live in St. Johns, FL (near St. Augustine), and they celebrated their 5th anniversary in Dec 2015. Scott is an Architect with Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc., in Jacksonville, FL, and Jessica is a graduate student at The Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS), in Orange Park, FL.
I'm planning to attend the 50th Anniversary celebration in September, and look forward to seeing each of you there. In the meantime, I'm adjusting to life without Donna, thanking God for all the wonderful years we shared together, and doing my best to stay active and productive.
Lynford (Lyn) Coleman
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