Donald Hollingsworth, 88, of Camarillo, California passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
Don was born on June 11, 1930 in Westchester, Pennsylvania to parents William Henry Hollingsworth and Anna (Webb) Hollingsworth.
Don joined the Army in 1947 as an enlisted man. Later after joining the West Virginia Air National Guard, he was commissioned as an officer and pilot, assigned to fly the North American F86. He always believed that the F86 was the best airplane he ever flew. Don served more than twenty years in the Guard while also enjoying a wonderful career as a United Airlines pilot. He retired as a 747 Captain in 1990. Don continued to fly recreationally for many years, becoming a powerful voice and advocate for the local aviation community. He was a proud member and supporter of many aviation associations including the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Commemorative Air Force. He was a man who loved to fly, loved a good party, and loved his family, and his country. Don was preceded in death by his dearly loved wife Donna Hollingsworth, and hisSister Marjorie and Brother William Hollingsworth, Jr.
Don is survived by his daughters, Kim Hinshaw of Casa Grande AZ, Jill Gardner of Las Vegas, NV and Cindy Spangenberg (Chris) of Camarillo, CA. He is alsosurvived by his one and only granddaughter Kimberly Paolone (John) and great-granddaughter Savannah Paolone who affectionately called him"Grandpa Airplane."
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-slivered wings;
Sunward I've climbed,
And joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds-and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of-
wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
By John Gillespie Magee Jr.
In keeping with Don's wishes, there will be no memorials or services, but feel free to share your stories and memories of Don, as we would love it if youwould share them. Please contribute in the guest book at www.legacy.com/obituaries/venturacountystar/ and at www.reardonfuneral.com/Obituaries.html.
Arrangements were under the direction of JOSEPH P. REARDON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, 757 East Main Street, Ventura.
Source: Ventura County Star
Dates: Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2018
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