Donald E. Fisher

December 10, 1930 ‒ December 26, 2017

Powell, Ohio

Donald Eugene “Don E.” Fisher, age 87 formerly of Powell passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Sarah Moore Home in Delaware.

He was born on December 10, 1930 in Columbus to the late Harry J. and Mildred M. (Calvert) Fisher.

Don is survived by his beloved wife of over 67 years Pauline (Hudson) Fisher, children: John (Kathy) Fisher of SC, Diana (Michael) Foreman of Radnor Twp., James (JoAnn) Fisher of Scioto Twp., daughter-in-law Heidi Fisher of Marysville, 3 grandsons, 2 grand-daughters, 4 step-grandsons, 4 great-grandsons, 6 step-great-grandchildren, brothers: William, Richard, Charles Fisher, sister Barbara Winkler, nieces, and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his son Don in 2016 and brother Thomas.

Don proudly served Delaware County in many capacities, two terms as County Commissioner beginning in 1968, was executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs Assoc., and in 1977 became the first Delaware County Administrator, serving 10 years until 1987. During his tenure he assisted in championing the Delaware County EMS services in 1972, the Five-County Detention Center, development of Alum Creek, Delaware County jail, sewer system, solid waste district, and Del-co Water System where he served as a board of director member.

Don enjoyed a long and varied career shared with his Lord and Savior at an early age.  He was a longtime member at the former Hyatt’s United Methodist Church, where he and his wife were married.

Don also sold real-estate for 39 years in Delaware County, was an auctioneer for 45 years, and a real estate appraiser. He farmed, raised cattle, and owned Standard bred race horses.

For 25 years he was a 4-H leader of the Hyatt’s Herdsman, former member of the Farm Bureau, Delaware Rotary Club, and Delaware Jaycees. He was a member of the Ohio Cattleman’s Association, OHHA, and a USTA. Don served as President of the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce, received the Delaware Jaycees Distinguished award in 1962, and was listed in the 1965 edition of “Outstanding Young Men of America”.

He graduated in 1949 from West High School in Columbus, attended Franklin University.

Friends may call 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware where services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Saturday with Rev. David Hogg officiating. Burial will follow in Radnor Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the 4-H Foundation, c/o The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221, Ohio Living Sarah Moore Home, 26 N. Union St., Delaware, OH 43015, or Ohio Living Hospice, 2740 Airport Dr., Suite 140, Columbus, OH 43219.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Pauline and Family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Steve and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!
    -Steve and Michelle Babcock

  • So sorry, Pauline, to hear of Dons passing. He was a wonderful man and you shared many years together. Memories are pictures in you heart. Hang on to your wonderful memories.

  • So sorry, Pauline, to hear of Dons passing. He was a wonderful man and you shared many years together. Memories are pictures in you heart. Hang on to your wonderful memories.
    Dave and Maxine Packer

  • I served at Delaware County EMS when Don was our commissioner. I retired from there and saw many come and go. Don served and cared. He didn’t play politics and truly cared about us, the employees working the ditches, streets, roads and serving residents.

    I’m sorry to the entire family. Imagine being married that long and raising a big family? That’s something real special.

  • Pauline, it was a pleasure to spend time with you and Don at Scioto Valley Christian Union Church for a period of time. I looked forward to seeing you both walk in! Many years and lots of family together. I’m praying for the Lord’s perfect peace……

  • To the family of Don Fisher

    We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you, and we know his legacy lives on in you and the all the lives he touched.

    Peace & Blessings,
    Dave and Pat Staley.

  • Pauline,

    We missed you and Don at our Sarah Moore service this month, and now we’ll miss you much longer there. I was glad to see you at Zion. We all need friends at such a time. I was glad to be there when my wife left us almost 12 years ago. Feelings soften, but memories remain, and we cherish them. Whether you return to Zion on find another spiritual home, be blessed and know God’s love.

  • It was always my pleasure when I had any type of interaction with Don.He was always a professional and most importantly a gentleman. He will be missed

  • Pauline and family –

    Sorry to hear of Don’s death. I truly remember him as a dedicated public servant, and thoroughly enjoyed working with him, especially when he served as Delaware County Commissioner and as the first Administrator, for the good of all current and future Delaware county residents. Don E. Fisher’s legacy is one reason Delaware County is one of the greatest county’s in the nation today.

  • Pauline and family

    I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I will always be grateful for the kindness he showed me when we worked together many years ago. Always enjoyed talking to you guys at the county luncheons. He will be missed.

    Jeanne Hatfield

  • What a full and giving life Don led! So sorry I didn’t get to know him. My thoughts and condolences are with you.

  • Pauline and Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Don’s passing. He lived a rich, full life, was a friend to many and leaves a legacy of outstanding public service. Lynda and I will keep all of you in our prayers!
    Greg and Lynda Williams

  • Pauline and Family –
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Don, another one of the “good guys” in Delaware County. We have many good memories of you and your family. Please accept our condolences.

    Diane Cordial and family

  • Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of you husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, family member and friend. He lived an amazing and distinguished life. From your neighbors, John and Kay Hartman