Donald E. West 77, musician, president of Cocalico Valley Jammers

By on January 23, 2013

Donald E. "Don" West, 77, of Lititz, exchanged time for eternity Jan. 18, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Arthur and Josephine O’Connor West. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Leibig West.

Don was formerly employed by Warner Lambert as an electrician for 20 years. He sold real estate and life insurance and in 1981 started his own courier business.

Don’s passion in life was playing, singing and writing music. He jointly created and ran the weekly Dutch Country Cowboys country music jam and was president of the Cocalico Valley Jammers. He was a member of many country music bands over the years and continued to play until recently. Don co-founded the Lititz Judo Club in 1970, was active with the Hemlock Archery Club and played on various softball teams in Lititz. He enjoyed hiking, golf, tennis, and in recent years, volunteered as a fire policeman for the Manheim Fire Department.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons: Christopher, Lititz; Michael, husband of Annette, Lititz; Patrick, husband of Susan, Mount Joy; Matthew, Manheim; daughters: Barbara, wife of Sid Harnly, Lititz; Maureen, wife of Andy Smith, Manheim; 11 grandchildren and a brother: Barry, husband of Becky, Lititz. He was preceded in death by a brother: Richard.

Don was a member of Trinity E.C. Church, where funeral services were held Jan. 23. A viewing was held at Trinity E.C. Church on Jan. 22 and prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125; Trinity E.C. Church or Manheim Fire Department, 83 South Main Street, Manheim, PA 17545. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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