It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald “Don” Francis Lunn of Lacombe, AB on July 6th 2019 at the age of 77 years. Don passed away peacefully surrounded with family and friends by his side. He is survived by his wife Deanna Lunn, two sons Greg (Jackie) and Jason (Colette) along with five grandchildren; Kensey (Dylan), Bryn (Cody), Cadence, Ryker and Griffin; one brother Ken (Marlene) Lunn, along with his niece, numerous nephews, family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Francis “Frank Jr” and Mary Lunn as well as Deanna’s parents Charlie and Laurena Young.
Don was born in Radway, AB June 5th 1942, moved to Lacombe with his parents and younger brother Ken at the age of 14 and has called this community home ever since. On February 12th, 1966 he married the love of his life, Deanna Young, a Lethbridge native that he had met at a Dick Damron dance in Bentley. After three years of marriage they started their family, first Greg arrived and three years later Jason came along.
At the age of 17 Don started working in the concrete business with Ellis Construction at Parkland Permacrete in Lacombe. In 1979 Don and his business partner Morris Van Brunschot started D & M Concrete Products, shortly thereafter DMD Rock Products was formed with partners Dave Abma and Morris. Continuing to grow their business and community another division was added when Don and Morris formed D & M Plastics in 1988 operating out of Lacombe. Don engrained his hard work ethic, honestly, community and commitment into his boys who, in 1994, took over and continued to grow the family business after Don’s health forced him to take an early retirement from a career he loved and was so proud of. Having Greg and Jason take over D & M Concrete and DMD Rock Products made his heart proud.
Don was a community man; he put his heart and soul into everything he did. Whether it was being involved with the Kinsmen Club, 4-H, Lighthorse Club, Minor Hockey, Minor Football or the Lacombe Wranglers Don worked hard for the benefit of everyone involved. Outside of his Kinsmen and hockey families, Don enjoyed many years of golfing, sledding, camping and just having a good time in life. Don’s easy going, never complain personality was contagious. Don beat to his own drum, didn’t care what anyone else thought, he just did his own thing and people loved him for that.
Don and Deanna’s family of four soon grew into six with the addition of two daughter-in-laws; Jackie and Colette. And March 20th, 1995 his first granddaughter Kensey Dawn Lunn arrived, she was named after both her grandpa’s and Grandpa Don wanted the world to know. With Bryn, Cadence, Ryker and Griffin joining the family shortly thereafter, Grandpa Don had five grandchildren he could brag about. There was never a time that Don’s eyes didn’t light up when one of his grandkids entered a room or was in the conversation.
The family would like to thank the amazing staff of the Lacombe Community Health Care Center for the compassion and kindness we received in Don’s final few hours. And a special thanks to his “Chicky-Poo” Shauna, Anita, Edith and his other caregivers for the many adventures, lunches and special times spent with Don over the past few years.
A celebration of Don's life will be held Tuesday July 23rd 1:00 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Center, 5214 - 50 Avenue, Lacombe with lunch/refreshments to follow. In Don’s honor please feel free to wear your Kinsmen or Wrangler Hockey attire. If desired and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Don’s honor can be made directly to the Lacombe Kinsmen Club.
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