Donald Ira “Durb” Durbin

November 16, 1943 ‒ April 10, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Donald Ira “Durb” Durbin, 72, fought the battle courageously and with fervor and on Sunday afternoon, April 10, 2016 he won, surrounded by his family.

He was born November 16, 1943 in Mansfield to parents Garnet L. & Mary E. (Clabaugh) Durbin. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High with the class of 1962.

While a junior in high school, a beautiful young lady named Priscilla Thoma caught his eye and the high school sweethearts married soon after graduation on April 25, 1964.

A tinkerer by nature, Don came by his work honestly. He had a God given gift to work with his hands and as such he worked many different places including Joyce Buick and Graham Chevrolet before taking a job at RCCI as an auto-body teacher. He worked there until retiring in 2008.

He was a 32nd degree Mason with the Mansfield Lodge No. 35 F.&A.M., a member of the Order of Owls Nest #1152 and Amvets Post #26.

A fisherman at heart Don loved being out on the water and especially enjoyed fishing for perch. He would make sure to once a year make a trip to Lake Chautauqua in New York to go fishing. While fishing was a passion, Don especially enjoyed his family. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren whenever he could. All the birds and the squirrels of the boulevard knew where they needed to go if they wanted to find a nice meal. Having a neatly manicured lawn; Don always made sure there was food out for his animal friends, no matter the weather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Priscilla Durbin; children Brian (Brianna) Durbin and Dawn Durbin Lyter and Mark Hamilton; grandchildren Elijah, Ezra, Stella, Kyle (Casie), Kaytee Robyn, Cody and Steven; great-grandson Jaydon; sister Marilyn (Chuck) Napier; nieces Kim (Damon) Wilson and Lisha (Zach) Lewis; great-nieces & nephews Tyler Wilson, Cameron Wilson and Madison Spreng; brother-in-law Kim (Susan) Thoma of Arizona; dear family friend Wendy Myers Bond as well as numerous extended family. The family would also like to send out a special thank you to the Ohio Health Mansfield Infusion Clinic as well as all the doctors and staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital for the outstanding care they provided.

In addition to his parents Garnet & Mary Durbin, Don was preceded in death by his in-laws Pete & Ruth Thoma as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

His family will receive friends 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (formerly Finefrock’s), 350 Marion Ave where calling hours will continue from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 where the funeral service honoring Don’s life will begin immediately at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the Riverside Cancer Scholarship Fund (Please make checks payable to Ohio Health Foundation and on the memo line write Riverside Cancer Scholarship Fund) may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Hugs to all of you. Your wonderful dad is resting comfortably now! You guys are a great loving family and cherished every moment.

  • My prayers are with your family tonight. Dawn I know how much you loved your father. I wish I could be there to hug you and your mom.
    God bless

  • My sincere condolences to the family of Donald Durbin. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God’s promise to soon “swallow up death forever” and “wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25;8) With deepest sympathy,

  • I worked with Don at RiCI. He was always so friendly and he was well liked by all. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • As ill as Donnie was, he always worried about my son Parker, who has type 1 diabetes, Donnie and Pris worried so much when my son and I got stranded in the January blizzard that hit Virginia and we started out for home, 4 days later we got home… Dawn and my sister were keeping them updated, I say today… think only happy memories, I know there are a lot… love, Tracey,Parker and Payton !!

  • Rest easy Don. Your Chautauqua fishing trip buddies are going to miss you. First time you and Ike go fishing in heaven, be sure to tell him that Aaron said hello.

  • Don and I were in the same class at Woodland Elementary School many years ago. He was a good, and well liked person back then too. I am so sorry for your loss. His family members will be in my prayers, and I am confident that Don is now in God’s loving care.

  • Dawn, for years I have heard you talk of you admiration for your parents. Your love and commitment to your dad was so evident in every thing you do. Many times you ask for prayers on his behalf & we prayed often for him. He is now walking with his Heavenly Father , pain free & joyful, waiting on the family he lived for. I pray you are flooded with happy memories of sweet moments together & that you hold onto your faith, believing God’s promise that you will be together again one day.

  • I feel so lucky to have gotten to know Mr Durbin for the short time I did. He had to be one of the sweetest men I’ve ever known! I always looked forward to our meets and little talks we would have. No matter what he was going through he always had a smile! He touched my heart, and I am so sad for your loss. But I know he is in a wonderful place now with no pain. Dawn if you ever need a shoulder, know I’m here! I love you girl, just like I loved your dad too!

  • Praying for the family and friends. I am proud to count myself as a friend and fellow teacher from the Dr&C. Rest in piece.

  • Eddie and I have known Don for a long time. He was a good guy. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
    He can rest in peace now.

  • Just watched the video. He had a wonderful life! Mom, Grandma, Grandpa and of course Aunt Mary, Uncle Garnett in the early years brought tears to my eyes. Will be praying with you during these tough times. God Bless!

  • We are so sorry that we can’t be with you to say good bye to Don. We are in New York. He was a great guy! We will miss him. Our best to all of you.

  • Our hearts break for your loss. May your many wonderful memories of Don keep you going in the days ahead.

  • We are so sorry we can not be with you today as you say your good by to a very loved Don. We will miss his laugh, his humor.we are so thankful for our get together last summer at Marilyn’s. We will keep those memories forever. God be with you all.

  • So sorry for your loss. I worked with Don at ORS. He was a great guy. Always had a ready smile and a helping hand.

  • Dawn and family- I am so so sorry. I know how much your dad meant to you and thanks be to God that you have such wonderful loving memories. May you always be able to hear his voice, feel his presence, see his love that is in you and your children. He was a dynamite loving man. Love you❤️Prayers for comfort.