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Donald "Don" Franklin

April 1st, 1930 - April 15th, 2020

Donald “Don” Franklin, age 90, passed away on April 15, 2020. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Barbara, parents, Jack and Anne, and brother, Marvin. Don is survived by his daughter, Heidi Franklin, son-in-law, Jason Buchanan, and many caring cousins and friends. He leaves behind an abundance of people who loved him deeply. He cherished the companionship of dear friends Robert “Bob” and Dottie Feldman, Jack Kay, Bernie Melmed, Layton Feiber, Carol Chiu, Dick and Jenny Osborne, and Sue and Charlie Scott. Don enjoyed growing up and living in Columbus, Ohio and was a member of the South High School graduating class of 1949. He attended The Ohio State University and proudly served his country in the United States Army. Don deftly managed Norman’s Auto Glass for 23 years and enjoyed making a home in Bexley, Ohio, before retiring with his wife to Sarasota, Florida. “Do the right thing,” was Don’s guiding principle, and he lived those words daily by always being present to support others. A memorial service and interment will be held in Portland, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, Don wishes for donations to be made to an organization supporting the houseless in your community.

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Idelle and Peter

Cousin Donald was, and always will be, a blessing.

Published January 4th, 2024
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Michele Gurevitz

I’m very honored that you were an important part of my life and have only wonderful memories of you and Barbara

Published January 4th, 2024
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Jason

RIP

Published January 4th, 2024
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Layton Feiber

Rest in peace my friend.

Published January 4th, 2024
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Josh

Candle lit by Josh

Published January 4th, 2024
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Meghan & Vicki Buchanan

Don, you are greatly missed already. You were such a sweet man and a wonderful father to our Heidi. We know you are at peace now and that is a blessing.

Published January 4th, 2024
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Heidi Franklin

Dad, I will love you always and forever. Rest now.

Published January 4th, 2024
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Helen Duewel

I will always treasure the stories you shared when you visited my home last summer. You are very missed, respected and remembered in love.

Published January 4th, 2024
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Andrea

Candle lit by Andrea

Published January 4th, 2024
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Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial

Our sincere condolences.

Published January 4th, 2024
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The Goodeys

Love to you all

Published January 4th, 2024
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Danielle

Vale, Donald Franklin.

Published January 4th, 2024
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