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Don Coburn

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Don Coburn

Crosslake-Pine River

Don Coburn, 76, longtime Brainerd-Crosslake-Pine River resident, lost his year-long battle with cancer on Dec. 16 while hospitalized near his winter residence in Punta Gorda, Fla.

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He is survived by his wife, Zita; son, Kevin, Las Vegas; daughter, Donna Turner (Larry), Yuma, Ariz.; and grandson, Joe Coburn, Las Vegas.

He retired in 1994 after 19 years as administrator in Pine River. The last 10 years he was high school and middle school principal. Before that he was a teacher and coach.

He was a graduate of Mt. Iron High School and St. Cloud State University and later earned master’s and specialist’s degrees from North Dakota State University.

The family is planning a memorial service in Pine River in August, to be followed by a military burial ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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