Don Kelly (Sept. 10, 1958- June 25, 2013)

APA Florida and the Emerald Coast Section lost a dedicated member and Legislative Policy Committee representative in 2013. After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Don Kelly, 54, retired senior urban planner with the City of Pensacola, died at his home in Pensacola, FL on June 25, 2013. One of Don’s last accomplishments for the City of Pensacola was his submission of Palafox Street to APA Great Places in America, Great Streets Awards Program.  Palafox Street being named one of the 2013 Great Places in America is now a wonderful tribute to Don and his dedication to planning.

Born in Memphis, TN, September 10, 1958, Don was the oldest child in his family. He lived his life with honor, remaining steadfast to the highest of principles; he was an Eagle Scout, officer in the United States Marine Corps, little league coach, scout leader, elementary school mentor, music lover and dedicated volunteer for Evenings in Olde Seville Square, steward of the environment, and strong advocate for historic preservation. Most of all, however, he was a devoted husband and father. Of all his accomplishments, he was most proud of his three sons.

Don is survived by his wife of 28 years, Brenda; sons, Matthew, Brendan, and Kevin; his mother, Zula S. Kelly of Stone Mountain, GA; his father, Major Thomas J. Kelly, USMC retired (Karen Lea) of St. Georges, DE; his siblings, brother, Ken (Wendy) of Hockessin, DE; brother, Ron (Paula) of Hebron, KY; sister, Kathryn (Anna) of Tucker, GA; and a large extended family, including father and mother-in-law, Tom and Diane Kane; sisters and brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.