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Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2012 9:01 pm

Don Kenneth McGuffin, 73, died Feb. 13, 2012.

He was born May 26, 1938, in Guthry, Okla., to migrant workers Samuel and Ethel McGuffin during the Roosevelt years. Don learned what it took to carve out a living.

Don loved recalling stories about his family, moving from place to place, working long hours in blistering hot sun picking cotton or pruning palm trees. Later, Don would proudly serve in the U.S. Navy as a communications technician.

During his working career, he was a supervisor at a Motorola manufacturing plant, an electrician for various contractors, a construction foreman on the Alaska pipeline and finally a self-employed general contractor.

Surviving are his mother, Ethel, a centenarian who currently resides in Checotah, Okla.; eldest daughter, Sheree Brunk of Arizona; eldest son, Donald Kenneth McGuffin Jr. of Arizona; wife of 40 years, Carole McGuffin; three adult step-children, Eddie Frank, Sandra Bonnell and Tina Corbin; and more than 20 grandchildren.

Don loved his dog Duke, fishing, woodworking, playing guitar, cards and bingo, and tinkering with old cars.

In his senior years, he seemed happiest while in service to others. He was a handy guy and more than willing to help anyone who would ask. Don's body was worn out. He had been confined to a bed and wheelchair for five years. He was on dialysis, discouraged and most recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

Don spoke of being ready for a new adventure. He said he had made peace with his maker and was ready to go. The family would like to recognize the many caregivers who made Don's final years as good as possible.

Friends and family are invited to attend the memorial service at 2 p.m., Feb. 22 at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory, 1015 S. Check St., Wasilla.

Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory cared for the family.