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Donald Eugene Lawhead was born March 15, 1930 to Robert & Bertha Lawhead in Des Moines, IA. He passed away at home in Mesa, AZ on January 24, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Don was from an extended family of 4 brothers and 5 sisters, all of whom preceded him in death. Don served in the Army during the Korean War. While on leave, he met a young girl who had just moved to Des Moines from Bad Schonborn, Germany. Don and Waltraud (Wally) were married February 25, 1950 in Des Moines, IA. Together for 59 years they raised 6 children, Nancy, Diane, Linda, Donna, Kathy, and David. Don worked in the commercial electrical business after his stint in the Army. In 1960 he moved his young family to a farm 2 miles North of Dexter, IA. There he started Lawhead Electric Company doing commercial jobs throughout Iowa and surrounding states. In 1986 Don and Wally relocated to Arizona. While working several ventures in AZ, Don purchased ground surrounded by sleepy little farm communities South of metro Phoenix. That farm ground quickly became housing developments, where Don designed, built, and operated his pride and joy; a 650-unit RV and mini storage and commercial outlet frontage. Don was a devout Christian. He and his family were long time members of the United Methodist Church in Dexter, IA., and then the Apache Wells Community Church in Mesa, AZ. Those left to cherish Don’s life include his wife, Wally; his children, Nancy Nelson (Jim) of Iowa, Diane Slaymaker of Oklahoma, Linda Schuller (Kirk), Donna Richards (Dave), Kathy Simpson (John Goltz), David Lawhead (Janeen) all from Arizona and 13 grandchildren, 7great-grandchildren and 9 step-grandchildren. 1 granddaughter, Tabitha Slaymaker preceded Don in death. Visitation will be Fri. Jan. 29, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa. Memorial Services to be held on Sat. Jan. 30th at 10:30am at the Apache Wells Community Church, 2115 N. Gayridge Rd. in Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Mayo Clinic Arizona for the heart research department.

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