Lt. Col. Claude L. “Don” Donaldson, USA, retired, 87 died peacefully on July 16, 2017 in the greater Houston, Texas area after recently relocating there from Warminster, Pennsylvania.

Lt. Col. Donaldson was born on Oct. 4, 1929 in Queens Village, New York to John and Helene Donaldson. He graduated from Chatham High School in Chatham, New Jersey in 1948. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army and was later commissioned as an officer. He obtained his college degree from University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas in 1960 while on active duty.

Lt. Col. Donaldson was a career Army officer in military intelligence beginning his career at Fort Chaffee where he met his wife Helen. He was a decorated soldier who served his country honorably in various overseas locations including Germany, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

Upon retirement from the Army, he began a second career with the U.S. Social Security Administration and subsequently retired from there as well, after many years of government service. Throughout his life, he was involved in many civic and philanthropic activities. He did volunteer work with AARP, Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations. He was a member of the Newtown Presbyterian Church, in Newtown, Pennsylvania for many years. He was also a recent resident at Ann’s Choice in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

Lt. Col. Donaldson is survived by his sons Mark, Barry and Scott; his daughter Karen; his nine grandchildren and his ten great-grandchildren and his sister, Betty Neblock. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Turner Donaldson and his second wife, Margaret Brooks Donaldson.

A graveside memorial service with Military Honors will take place at 10:30 a.m. on July 29, 2017 at McKendree Cemetery in Subiaco, Arkansas under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Online guestbook at or

Helping others achieve their educational goals was very important to Lt. Col. Donaldson, so in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made directly to The Donaldson-Turner Endowed Scholarship Fund, University of the Ozarks in loving memory of Claude L. Donaldson. Donations can be made online at, by phone at 479-979-1237 or mail: University of the Ozarks, Attn: Advancement Office, Clarksville, AR. 72830.