The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 29, 2013

Donald L. Colahan, 66, Danville

The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — Donald Leroy Colahan, 66, of Danville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 25, 2013, while undergoing medical treatment at the Centro Medico Cibao hospital in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

He was born June 1, 1947, in Butler Township, Schuylkill County, a son of the late Leroy Francis and Thelma Louise (Wolfgang) Colahan. On June 6, 1992, he married the former Marybeth “Beth” McGeehan, who survives.

Don was a Vietnam veteran and served in the Marine Corps. During the war, he was an engineer whose job it was to search out and identify enemy land mines. He later held lifetime memberships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

He was a former electrician for Bethlehem Steel’s Steelton plant in Harrisburg, a position he had for 20 years. He later owned and operated Don Colahan Home Improvements in Media, a job he held for 11 years. In 2001, he and his wife, Beth, opened the Cilantro’s restaurant in Danville. They operated the business together for three years until Don’s health became a concern in 2004.

Don loved traveling to Ocean City, N.J., where he had a salt water fishing boat. One of his many hobbies included building fishing rods. He also liked to tinker with motorcycles. Don was quite proud of the trike he built from an old Gold Wing motorcycle. One of his passions was rescuing dogs. Over his life, he had rescued several dogs and always took an active role in supporting rescue shelters and adoptions.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by extended family and friends in the Danville, Selinsgrove, Milton and Mount Carmel areas.

A private memorial to celebrate Don’s life will be held at a later date.

People may make memorial donations to the Haven to Home Canine Rescue. Its website is Donations may be made by mail or Paypal.

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