2007-12-20 / Obituaries

Donald A. King Jr., 69

Donald A. King, Jr., 69, of Jamestown, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his beloved family on Sunday, Dec. 16. He was the devoted husband of Patricia

St. Denny) King. They were happily married for 46 years. Don was a loving father to his son, Donald King III, his daughter Pamela King and her husband, Chris Pike, all of Jamestown. He is also survived by his sister, Joan Scime, and her husband, Charles, of Buffalo, N.Y. and was much loved by extended family and friends.

Born in Buffalo N.Y., Don was arguably one of the most prolifiathletes to come out of the Western New York area. An accomplished All-American, he was one of the original Harvard Cup Hall of Fame inductees. He began his sports career at Lafayette High School, and went on to play football for the U.S. Marines. He then attended Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship, and he started in both football and basketball. In 1959, Don and his fellow "Orangeman" had an undefeated year. They went on to win the National Championship and the Cotton Bowl. The 1959 team still holds 21 all time Syracuse records. His athletic talent led him on to play for the Detroit Lions in 1963 and he is included in author George Plimpton's famous book "Paper Lion." On the golf course, Don has recorded three holes in one. He also bowled a "300" game.

Along with his love of his family, friends and sports, his love for animals was apparent in his devotion to his daughter's dogs, Jake and Murphy.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave. in Jamestown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a cause near and dear to Don's heart, The Jeffrey Hanns Foundation, P.O. Box 425, Ransomville, NY, 14131. Funeral arrangements by the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840.

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