Donald Max Baldwin, 73, died Monday. Donald was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Spindale, N.C., to Albert and Jennie (Hardin) Baldwin. Don graduated from Seabreeze High School and joined the Air Force. He served as a Radar Tech and was stationed in Kingman, where he met his wife. Don married his sweetheart, Bette Anne Braffet, in Kingman, July 4, 1957. Don and Bette were happily married for 50 years.
He served four years and was honorably discharged. He returned to Florida to attend the University of Florida, earning his B.A. in Business Administration. He also attended the University of Florida's Law School. He joined the staff at the Office of Financial Aid and worked for many years in Gainesville, Fla. He moved to Oviedo, Fla., and became the director of Financial Aid for the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, he earned his M.B.A. He returned to Arizona and joined the staff of Office of Financial Aid at Arizona State University.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was currently teaching the 11-year-old primary class. He was a long-time Scout Leader for Boy Scouts of America. He loved to travel and enjoyed visiting national parks and historical sites. He religiously cheered his college football teams and loved watching NASCAR, especially when Dale Earnhardt was winning. His hobbies included playing golf, tennis and watching his son, Scott, race motocross, and his grandson, Kyle, race BMX bikes. He was a devoted grandfather, enjoying all of his grandchildren and their many interests. He enjoyed listening to country music and his favorite, Jimmy Buffet.
He leaves behind an extended and loving family and will be greatly missed. Don is survived by his wife, Bette; son, Scott (Faith) Baldwin; daughter, Tjiske (Robert) Baldwin Skankey; brothers, Robert (Cathy) Baldwin, Jerry Baldwin, Douglas (Nancy) Baldwin; sisters, Peggy (George) Baldwin Johnson, Brenda (Len) Baldwin Goldman; grandchildren, Tara Baldwin, Joe Candelore, Erica Baldwin, Andy Cutts, Kyle Baldwin, Rob Skankey, Bryce Skankey, Kirstin Skankey and Sam Skankey; great-grandchild, Kylie Baldwin; many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Jennie Victoria Hardin; his father, Albert Tenent Baldwin; and his grandparents.
There will be a visitation at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Latter-day Saints Chapel, Lake Havasu City, with the memorial service following at 11 a.m. Bishop Alberto Salazar will offer words of comfort and inspiration. Thoughts, condolences and memories may be submitted to the family at www.lakehavasumortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don's name to U of F scholarship fund or any local veteran's organization. Arrangements were entrusted to Lake Havasu Mortuary and Crematory.