Donald Lewis Vaughan

Donald Lewis Vaughan

Wednesday, November 11th, 1953 - Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
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Obituary written by his family:
Donald Lewis Vaughan, sixty-six of Delta, PA passed away peacefully in his home on January 14, 2020. He was married to his loving and patient wife, Denise for over 46 years.

He was born on November 11 in Harford County during the blizzard of 1953; a memory his sister Ruth Ann remembers fondly. He was the son of the late Dale and Nell Vaughan. The Vaughan family worked their farm in Emmorton, Maryland where as a child, Donald enjoyed his ponies Misty and Princess. In addition, he also loved running around the barns in his PF Flyers.

He excelled at sports, playing football and baseball for Bel Air High School and graduated in the class of 1972. He received an invitation to try out for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although he didn’t make it to “The Show”, his love of sports never wavered.

Donald and Denise were high school sweethearts and married right after high school. They moved to their farm, the “Double D Farm” in Delta and raised three wonderful children, Karrie, Troy, and Daryl. There he became active in the community and helped to create the Delta Area Men’s Softball league.
Santa Claus was what he was best known for by his friends, family and the community. He was a professional Santa for more than 30 years, bringing joy to all the boys and girls. Riding the fire trucks for both Delta and Whiteford, he saw many community children grow up and then saw their children and then their grandchildren grow up. He loved attending parties, breakfasts and visiting the students at Delta Elementary School.
He missed his Santa rides in his later years as his health deteriorated. At his dialysis appointments he saw several friends and always made new ones. He struggled with heart trouble but that didn’t stop him from taking time to tell jokes and share a smile with the nurses and doctors.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Dale and Nell and his son, Troy. He is survived by his wife, Denise, sister, Ruth Ann, daughter, Karrie married to Jason, son Daryl, grandchildren: Hogan, Jared, Ava and Carly, also Robin and Austin Anderson. He has many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family that will miss him dearly.

The service will be held on Friday January 17 at 5 p.m. at the Delta Cardiff Fire House, 500 Main Street Delta. Reverend Howard Cilento will officiate.

The viewing will be held from 2-5 followed directly by the service concluding with a meal and fellowship.

Anyone wishing to contribute in Donald’s memory, please consider a donation the Delta-Cardiff Fire Company or the Whiteford Fire Company.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Delta Cardiff VFC Fire Hall
    500 Main Street
    DELTA, PA 17314
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 5:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 5:00pm
    Delta Cardiff VFC Fire Hall
    500 Main Street
    DELTA, PA 17314
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    Delta Cardiff VFC Fire Hall
    500 Main Street
    DELTA, PA 17314
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Private Condolence

Donna Druck

Posted at 02:56pm
Dear Denise and family. I missed this obit in the paper and just happened to come across it on the website. I am so sorry for you loss. I have so many great memories of your children in Salem Nursery School. Yours was a family that didn't just send their children to school; you became a part of the school. I remember field trips to the farm and Donnie playing Santa Claus. Your boys kept me on my toes with facts about the farm. One time I called a toy chisel plow that they had brought in a harrow, and they let me know about it. One time we were singing "The wise man built his house upon the rock." When we got to the part that says, "the rain came down and the floods came up," one of your boys shouted, "No, that's not right." So I asked him what it should be and he said, "the rain comes down and the corn comes up." I had to agree with him, but I said that wasn't the way the song was written. Even Dale and Nell were totally involved. A remember Becky also who was a cousin, I think. You have my condolences and prayers. Thanks for all the good memories. Donna Druck


Posted at 11:49am
Sorry to hear about Donnie passing. Will always remember hanging out with him, but most of all waiting with or son Steven when he was little for Santa to come through town on the fire truck. Donnie mostly always used the Service Feed and Supply for his pit stop during his Santa Run
Marshall and Lisa Burkins

Debra Bushall

Posted at 10:51pm
Sorry to hear of Donalds passing . Find comfort in you memories.

Debbie Bushall

Deborah Twele

Posted at 10:29pm
Donald use to come to the Dollar General in Delta while I was the Manager. He would come in as Santa and so many families came to see him. He was a friend and a truly wonderful man. He will be my Santa forever.
Deborah Twele.

Mark T. Ward Posted at 09:49am

My Condolences to the Vaughn Family so sorry for your loss. Prayers 🙏

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