Donald Lynn Brobst

Born: Sun., Sep. 11, 1932
Died: Fri., May 4, 2018


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Wed., May 09, 2018
Location: Woolrich United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., May 09, 2018
Location: Yost-Gedon Funeral Home

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Donald Lynn Brobst, 85, of Woolrich, passed away unexpectedly at home May 4th, 2018. He was the son of Mary (Lindsey) and Donald K Brobst of Williamsport. He was married on June 27th, 1953, to Elizabeth Ann Smith, who survives.

Donald was a 1950 graduate of Williamsport High School. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he graduated from Lycoming College in 1958. He taught earth science at Williamsport High School from 1958 to 1966.  He then became a member of the faculty at the former Lock Haven State College, where he taught earth and space science as well as geology courses. There, he later became the director of Ulmer Planetarium and is remembered by many for his numerous planetarium shows. Donald retired in 1996, after a 38-year teaching career.

He was a member of APSCUF and upon retirement became a member of APSCURF. For many years he sang in the Woolrich United Methodist Church choir and later joined the Lock Haven Community Chorus. He was also a member of West Branch Bird Club and Lycoming Audubon Society. For 59 years, he was an active member of the Daniel Boone Hunting and Fishing Club, where he enjoyed spending time during the summer with his family and friends.

Hobbies included traveling, camping, sports, nature, singing, bowling, and astronomy.

Donald enjoyed the natural sciences and visiting numerous locations and national parks, especially those that had an abundance of geologic features and wildlife. While working on his Master’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, he appreciated a challenging summer at the I.U. geological field station in Montana. Together, he and his wife traveled to many locations including Cape May, Costa Rica, The Everglades, and Texas for studying birds and butterflies.

A life changing experience for the retired couple was visiting Angangueo, Mexico to observe the thousands of Monarch butterflies on their winter roosting trees. In the following years, Donald was inspired to raise and tag many Monarch butterflies, as many as five hundred in one summer.

He was a long-time supporter of the Lock Haven University wrestling program and a big fan of Penn State football. The Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies were among favorite teams.He considered himself to be an avid supporter of Millbrook Playhouse and regularly held tickets for every summer production.

Surviving are two daughters: Cynthia L. Swanson, State College and Judith A. Donahay, Beech Creek and a son, Robert D. (Heidi) Brobst of Pottstown. Also surviving, 3 grandsons, Ryan W. Conklin, Jordan A. Donahay, and Evan R. Brobst.

Funeral services for Donald L. Brobst will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Woolrich United Methodist Church, 1080 Park Ave. Woolrich, PA. Officiating will be Pastor Samantha McElwee.

Interment will be in the Emery Cemetery, Woodward Twp. Lycoming County PA. Family and friends will be received in the church one hour prior to the services. The family will provide the flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Donald L. Brobst Lock Haven University Scholarship Fund, The International Dark Sky Association or the Ross Library, through the funeral home.

Arrangements under the direction of the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC, 121 West Main St., Lock Haven, PA 17745.

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Wesley Egli
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
Beth & Family- may the Lord keep you in His comforting arms during this difficult time of loss; Donald was a fine man and I enjoyed knowing him! Love, Wes

Sherry R. Allison
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
Beth and Family, So sorry to hear about Don. My sister, Marcy, who lives in Maryland just recently sent me the write up in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. I know you and I have not been in touch for a long time. Sorry it had to be in these circumstances. We live near Harrisburg on the West shore below Camp Hill. John and I are getting close to 80. Wow! Please know we are thinking of you. Keep in touch if able. Sherry

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