Donald Boone LeFavour – Villages-News.com
Donald Boone LeFavour, 84, of West Jefferson, Ohio, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2022 in The Villages, Florida, surrounded by members of his loving family.
Don was born in Wooster, Ohio to Robert D. and Alma Elizabeth LeFavour on May 25, 1937. He married Virginia Doris Edwards on March 28, 1961 in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the United States Navy in 1960 and served 24 years as an avionics technician up to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. His naval service awards included the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and several campaign and unit service awards. After his naval career, he was an associate professor at Columbus State Community College for 18 years. Don graduated from Wooster High School in Wooster, Ohio and from Findley College with a Bachelor of Education.
Don is predeceased by his parents, his brother, John N. LeFavour. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 61 years, Virginia Doris LeFavour; his son and “daughter” John (Captain, US Navy, retired) and Sharyl (Hurt) LeFavor of Oxford, Florida; Cherished grandchildren Elizabeth Ashley LeFavor (28) of Washington, DC and John “Jack” Augustus LeFavor (21) of Oxford, FL; Cousin Judy Dawn Binkley of The Villages, FL; Cousins Judith E. (LeFavour) Milligan and Phyllis Ann (LeFavour) Hummer of Indiana. Additionally, Ms. Sally Hurt’s extended family, Drs. John and Sonia Hurt and their children Grace and Sean.
Don was active throughout his life in many Masonic bodies, including as Master of Chandler Lodge #138 F&AM, Grand Lodge of Ohio; Past High Priest of Adoniram Chapter #73, Royal Arch Masons; Past Illustrious Master of London Council #41, Royal and Select Masons; former impending commander of Willis Commandery #82; He was also a 32nd Degree Mason, Ancient Scottish Rite Accepted, Valley of Columbus. Don received the Knight York Cross of Honor and the “Honorary Legion of Honor” from the Order of DeMolay.
His hobbies included restoring vintage tractors, flying as a private pilot, ham radio, woodworking, marksmanship, quilting, and camping. He was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Jefferson Township Fire Department in West Jefferson, Ohio.
Memorial donations in Don’s honor may be made to Tri County Baptist Church, 38405 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake, FL 32159.
Donald LeFavour’s family would like to sincerely thank: Dr Maria deJesus, Dr Sara Gitte Acosta, Dr John Hurt and the late Dr Kevin Williams. The family is also grateful for the warm and compassionate care provided by Mrs. Jenny Sambula and Mrs. Patti Gardner in addition to many other members of the healthcare community.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 3 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home, 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL 32162. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 4 at Tri County Baptist Church , 38405 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake, FL 32159. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513.