Donald J. Lynch, age 97, of Selbyville passed away at home on Sunday, March 22, 2020, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was the son of the late Vernon W. and Elsie (Powell) Lynch.
Donald attended the University of Delaware and Goldey Beacom College.
He owned the former Animal Health Sales, Inc. in Selbyville and L & M Distributors & Laboratories, which distributed and manufactured poultry vaccines.
He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville, Church of Christ in Ocean View, Fenwick Island Lions Club, Mason Dixon VFW, Selbyville Elks, Doric Masonic Lodge in Millville; Tall Cedars, Scottish Rite and NUR Shrine.
In addition, he served on the Selbyville and Indian River school boards, Fenwick Island Town Council as president, University of Delaware Board of Trustees, a member of the Delaware House of Representatives from 1972 to 1978 and the Delaware Secretary of Agriculture from 1981 to 1985, and president of Delmarva Poultry Industry.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Meredith Lynch of Selbyville; two daughters, Donna J. Lynch Villani and husband, Sam, of Bethany Beach, and Irene Lynch Bunting and husband, Greg, of Selbyville; a son, Kevin D. Lynch and wife, Cathy, of Selbyville; a brother, Jack Lynch of Bayard; a sister, Ruth Workman of Rehoboth Beach; nine grandchildren, Hunter Bunting, Erin Floyd, Regina Henry, Misty Roberts, Shana Hancock, Joshua Boyer, Sam Villani III, NIcholas Villani and Jenna Taylor; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: Salem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 410, Selbyville, Delaware 19975; St. Matthews By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 1000 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, Delaware 19944; or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, Delaware 19963.
Services will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.