Obituary

DON W. LYNCH

Don W. Lynch, 88, left this earthly life June 8, 2022. Don was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Cookeville to Irma (Thompson) and William Lynch. Don was a 1952 graduate of Oak Ridge High School. He was a star athlete on the ORHS track team. His long jump, the final event for the state championship scored the win and clinched the first ever state championship title for the Oak Ridge Wildcats. After graduation, Don joined the United States Navy, where he served for four years. In 1955 he married the love of his life, Mary Ann Lowery. Together they had three children, Robert, Julie and Steve. Their home was filled with love, joy and laughter. In 1972 God called his beloved Mary Ann home, a loss he carried with him for the rest of his life. Don was employed for 29 years at K25, Y12 and X10 from which he retired from in 1994. Throughout his life, Don’s love of sports played a huge role in his life. He was a coach and umpire for the Clinton Little League Baseball League for more than 10 years. He was also an avid bowler on numerous community leagues throughout his life. Don was a lifetime director for the Anderson County Fair, where he served in various capacities for more than 30 years. Don was preceded in death by: Wife, Mary Ann; parents, Irma and William Lynch; sister, Betty Mynatt; sister-in-law, Helen Lynch; and brother-in-law, Bruce Mynatt. He is survived by: His children, Robert, Julie and Steve Lynch; grandchildren, Andrew Lynch, Ashton and Tristan Hicks; and his first great-grandchild due in December. The family will receive friends at Holley Gamble Funeral Home from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, and funeral service at 1 p.m. with interment to follow at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Roger Pugh officiating. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ellen Liuzza and the staff of Family Clinic in Oak Ridge, Clinch River Home Health and University of Tennesse Hospice for the care and support the provided over the past year. The family would like to especially thank Gail, Lenny, Brian, Stephanie and Kathy for their unwavering commitment, care and devotion throughout Don’s last year. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements www.holleygamble.com