Donald L. Mahaffey, of Russell, PA., died suddenly at home while with his family on Monday, December 25, 2017. He was born in Erie, PA., to the late Myron G. Mahaffey and Loretta Schrecongost Mahaffey West. Don was a Warren resident most of his life and a 1955 graduate of Warren Area High School and he attended Slippery Rock University. He was employed with GTE Sylvania in the Engineering Department most of his career, before retiring in 1992. He served with the U.S. Army from 1956 – 1958.
Don was an accomplished athlete in high school and college and set several records in track. Don played one year of semi-pro football as defensive halfback with the Jamestown Dukes. He was a member of Calvary Chapel where he was school treasurer of Calvary Chapel School, served as an usher for the church and attended Bible Study for many years.
Don especially enjoyed traveling and vacationing with his family. He was privileged to have traveled the world with his wife and children. Don loved the Lord with all his heart and was continually sharing about God’s goodness. He wrote a devotional called “Faith Filled Thoughts” that contains devotional verses.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 56 years, Kay Lyke Mahaffey, his children – Monte, wife, Tracy, Natalie, husband, Dan Brazen, and Rachel, husband Jerry Sturdevant, 8 grandsons who loved their grandfather dearly, a sister, Lorna Gustafson, many nieces and nephews also survive him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, William C. West, stepfather, Harry B. West and Sister, Deborah Olson.
Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Chapel Church, Russell, PA. Those wishing to send e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.