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|© The Guthrie News Leader|
|Thursday, February 20, 2003|
Memorial services for Donald "Don" Skinner, 69, formerly of Guthrie, were held in Alta Loma, Calif. Monday, Jan. 20, 2003. Services were under the direction of Arlington Mortuary in Riverside, Calif.
Don was born Nov. 6, 1933 in Guthrie. He died Jan. 14, 2003 in Upland, Calif.
He attended school and high school in Guthrie. He married Barbara in 1954 and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1958. He served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army.
A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, his brilliant mind, love of tinkering and analytical skill led him into a successful career in aerospace defense. Don retired from General Dynamics, where he held numerous positions, including phalanx program director, ethics director and presidnet of Translant, Inc. His career spanned over 35 years of dedicated service. In his retirement, Don started a computer business and built home computers for many individuals and businesses.
Don enjoyed many hobbies and pastimes. He held his private pilot's license, loved to fish with his grandchildren and faithfully worked on the family cars. He enjoyed walks with Barbara, Kids' soccer games and laughter. He valued people. His motto was to treat others with dignity, honor and respect, and he valued honesty, hard work and dedication. He lived a full and prosperous life.
Survivors include his wife Barbara, their children Valerie, Patti, Doug and Leslie, and nine grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the UCLA Regents Kidney Center, attn: Dr. Robert Figland, or the Kidney Cancer Association, http://www.kidneycancerassociation.org.
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