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Donald Mclane

June 7, 1943 — January 26, 2023

Westminster, Colorado

Donald Joseph McLane died peacefully on January 26, 2023, after a long illness. Don was born June 7 1943 in Wilmington Delaware, the third of seven children born to Elwood Hansen McLane and Mary Theresa McLane. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jed and his brother James. He is survived by his wife Lydia McLane and daughter Alexandra McLane, as well as siblings Barbara Massey, R. Thomas McLane, Beverly Barker and Mary Ann McLane, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Don lived an active, productive and exciting life, no doubt inspired somewhat by his love of adventure stories when he was a child. While still in high school, Don and his brothers volunteered with the fire department in Elsmire, Delaware where he grew up. At 18, he enlisted in the Army and served with the Corps of Engineers in Alaska. Following his service there he was honored with an invitation to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and graduated in 1968. Don’s army career included tours in the Southwest US, Germany and Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1973. Don brought his optimism and natural curiosity along when he embarked on a career in international business. After attaining his Masters at Thunderbird International Business School in 1974, Don joined Nordson Corporation and remained with Nordson until he retired as Sr. Vice President in 2006. His tenure with Nordson afforded him the opportunity to travel the globe experiencing diverse cultures and making great friends along the way. His warm smile and genuine desire to form lasting partnerships opened many doors. Throughout his blazing career, Don remained a loving father and husband, a caring son and brother, a loyal citizen and responsible member of his communities at home Following his retirement in 2006, Don continued to travel extensively with his wife and daughter as well as fulfill his lifelong desire to help others through philanthropic endeavors. Don believed that he had been blessed greatly with love and opportunities that many do not have. He approached life every day with that in mind, always grateful and rarely complained. Those who love Don celebrate his final peaceful journey into his greatest of adventures although he leaves a deep void in their own mortal lives. A memorial service will be held for Don on February 21, 2023 at Horan & McConaty, Thornton, Colorado, followed by a luncheon reception. A private interment will take place at Ft. Logan National Cemetery the following day. A family celebration of Don’s life is also being planned for a later date in Delaware. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association or charity of your choice.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain (no DST) time)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

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Horan & McConaty - Grant

9998 Grant St, Thornton, CO 80229

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