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Professor Donald Gene Muston

March 9, 1938 ~ April 11, 2018 (age 80)
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Professor Donald Gene Muston, long time resident of Elizabethtown, PA, passed away April 11, 2018 surrounded by family and friends.

Professor Don Muston, the second of seven children of Irvin Richard and Beula Barker Muston, was born March 9, 1938, in Avon, IN, and graduated from Avon High School. He earned BS and MBA degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and Bachelor of International Management from Thunderbird School of International Management, Glendale, AZ.

He was a mortgage loan officer at Irwin Union Bank in Columbus, IN. Don was Assistant Professor at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. After six years as Executive Vice President of Alaska State Bank in Fairbanks, he moved his young family to Elizabethtown, PA in 1977 and taught business management at Elizabethtown College.

Don was a member of OBTC and gave presentations at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts; Bennington College, Vermont; Bellingham University, Washington; Drexel University, Villanova University, LaSalle University, and Temple University, all in Philadelphia; University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He retired in 2000.

Music was important to Professor Don Muston.  He played banjo, ukulele, dulcimer, jaw harp, and piano. He played baritone, trombone, clarinet in the high school band. He performed with the “Singing Hoosiers” at Indiana University two years under the direction of Dr. George F. Krueger. In 2014 Don was given The Singing Hoosiers Distinguished Alumni Award for his lifetime of promoting Music. Don was the Major General Stanley in the Elizabethtown College production of Pirates of Penzance, Luther Billis in South Pacific, the Priest in the EPAC production of Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, The Fantasticks and many other theater productions.

He enjoyed the outdoors especially snow skiing in Washington State, Alaska, Vermont and Pennsylvania; motorcycling across Pennsylvania, hiking and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, boating and water skiing on the Susquehanna River.

Professor Muston, a 32nd Degree Mason, was presented with the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouting Award by the Pennsylvania Grand Master in recognition of his decades of leadership in Lancaster-Lebanon Council. Don started as Assistant Scout Master and rose through positions culminating his service on the Board of Directors of the Lancaster-Lebanon Council.

Don had a wonderful life of fun and adventure, but most of all he was a friend and mentor to many and a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn; daughters, Michelle Cofield (Daryle), Abigail Weidner (Steve); son, Luke Muston; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Jacob, Samantha, Logan; great granddaughter Braelynn; two Godchildren, Claire and Brendan Fritz as well as many nieces, and nephews. He is survived by three brothers, Charles (Harriett) of Plainfield, Indiana; Ray (Linda) of Iowa City, Iowa; Richard (Shirley) of Robinson, Illinois; and one sister, Sara Rutledge (Bill) of Tupelo, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ada and Peggy.

A memorial service will be at 11 AM (Visitation 10-11 AM) on Saturday May 12th, 2018 at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 South Mount Joy Street, Elizabethtown, PA  17022. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements have been entrusted with the Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 North Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA  17022, 717-367-1543.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arch Street Center, 629 North Market Street, Lancaster, PA 17603,

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