Donald Crawford Vann
Donald Crawford Vann
  • September 6, 1926 - March 19, 2017
  • Atlanta, Georgia

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Donald Crawford Vann of Atlanta, Georgia passed away peacefully on March 19, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is survived by his daughter Vicki Vann Carayiannis, grandsons Alexander Carayiannis and Robert Rountree and son-in-law Ken Large. His wife, Virginia Corby Vann and two daughters, Virginia Vann (Ken Large) and Lynn Rountree preceded him in death. He and Virginia celebrated their 66th anniversary in August 2016. The son of Willie Lee Martin and Robert King Vann and the fourth of eight children, Don was born Sept. 6, 1926 in Trussville, Alabama. He lived a life defined by his love of faith, family and community. Blessed with a beautiful singing voice that he used in service of all three, Don also loved a good Scotch and a good golf game. A graduate of Hewitt High School, Don was an active member of the choir and other choral groups. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving World War II and Korea where his fellow soldiers recall him teaching Korean orphans to sing Christmas carols. After being honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant, he used the G.I. bill to attend Alabama Polytechnical Institute (now Auburn University) where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. A member of a choral quartet at the university, Don fell in love with and married Virginia, the group’s pianist. He also served as president of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Upon graduation, the couple moved to Birmingham, Alabama then to Dunwoody, Georgia where they raised their family. Don began his career in sales at Walker Electrical, later purchased by Siemens. He served as Regional Manager of Europe, Africa and the Middle East and enjoyed his travels around the world before retiring in 1991. Don was a member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church where he was president of the DUMC choir for many years and the chair of the board of trustees. He also was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus. An enthusiastic volunteer, where he worked at the Dekalb County polls for over seven years, a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital for 10 years and volunteered at Alliance Theater for more than eight years. While living at Brookdale, he was a member of Brookdale Choir and President of Brookdale Members Council. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 2pm with a visitation one hour prior at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Interment will be Thursday at 1pm at Jefferson Memorial Park in Birmingham. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dunwoody United Methodist Church Music Program.