Donald Paul Teague, of Forest City, passed away Tuesday, January 18th, 2022. He was 91 years old. Donny was a longtime resident of his beloved town of Forest City, Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in the town known as "A Mile of Hospitality". Upon graduation from Forest City High School, he entered the Navy and served his country for twenty years, earning the rank of Senior Chief. He was a communications engineer while in the service which lent itself well to his third pastime of servicing and repairing, electronic and pipe organs. It was a rare skill and Donny was good at it. His second pastime, believe it or not, was riding on roller coasters. He was a gentle and simple man, but he was a dare devil when it came to the coasters. He would travel the country to ride the biggest and scariest roller coasters that were ever built. And of course, if you knew Donny, he would log every mile and minute detail of the experience. Between 2001 and 2011 he visited 111 parks and rode over 1,100 coasters.
Along with the ability to fix anything, and being a roller coaster groupie, his favorite pastime was running. It was not uncommon, no matter the weather conditions, to see Donny on the streets and local roads of his beloved town, running. He was simply passionate about logging miles, competing in marathons, and road races, and keeping meticulous records of his journeys. He had numerous trophies and medals that he would proudly display and he was proud of each and every one of them. But the most astonishing thing about Donny was his ability to give back and help others. Whether it be doing errands for a neighbor or driving someone to an appointment, Donny was there on time with a smile and a corny joke. His giving back was most evident in his association with the Forest City Cross Country and Track teams. He was the statistician and time keeper (and adopted Coach) for the team. One of his many contributions for the team was personally compiling a seasonal booklet for each and every runner. In this booklet would be the details of every race along with the competitors time, position and pace of all runners. It was an extensive undertaking that Donny did because he loved the sport, but more importantly, he loved the kids. Not only was he the timer at Forest City's meets, but also at countless invitationals, road races (including the Forest City Coal Cracker) and district meets.
He was so dedicated to his craft, that Bucknell University asked him to be their official timer for indoor track meets. Also, he would run with the kids at practice and he would always be the last one home. He wanted to make sure that everyone got home safely and it never mattered how long it took. This was the kind of man Donny was. He was a gentle, sensitive, simple, and kind man who made a lasting impression on all he met. Now, at home in heaven, but forever in our hearts.
He is survived by friends including Edgar and Nancy Osburn, Scott Twp.
He is also preceded in death by his mother ClaraTeague; and his aunt Loretta Barlett.
Based on Donny's wishes there will be no viewing, but a Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday January 22, 2022 at 10am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment in St. Agnes Cemetery. Masks are requested. Memorial Contributions can be made in Donny's name to the Forest City Cross Country Team.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City.