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Donald "Don" Ison

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Donald "Don" Ison, 64, of Kingdom Come Creek, passed away Monday, October 26th, 2015 at Hazard ARH after his battle with Melanoma.

Don leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Leanna, and three children: Donald Craig (Buffy) of Easley, SC, Jason Daniel (Valerie) of Easley, SC, and Amanda Alloria Ison (Brad) of Pickens, SC; mother: Geneva Ison of Lexington, father-in-law: Letcher Short of Whitesburg; seven grandchildren: Nick, Dillon, Emily, Abby, Hannah, Sawyer, and Creed. He is also survived by two sisters: Brenda Lloyd (Bill) of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Lavenia Baxter (Tony) of Lexington; brother-in-law: Ron Short (Barb) of Greenfield, IN/two nephews: Todd and Adam, and four nieces: Heather, Bethany, Natalie, and Jennifer.

Don is preceded in death by his father, Harry J Ison, mother-in-law, Maerine Short, and infant son, Steven Creed Ison.

Don's first love of life was Leanna, his children and grandchildren. Secondly, he loved his work, being noted for his excavating skills with heavy machinery. He took great pride in his work.

Don was a past master of the Whitesburg Masonic Lodge #754 and was a member since 1988, having served as Master of the Lodge in 1992 and being District Deputy of District 39 in 1995. He was promoted to Senior Ritualist in 2009. He was also a member of Oleika Shrine, serving as president of Mountain Shrine Club of Whitesburg in 1996 and treasurer for more than 20 years. He was a member of the York Rites since 1998 and the Scottish Rites since 1995.

Masonic Service was on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM at Letcher Funeral Home Chapel, Whitesburg, KY with Letcher Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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