Don Rabon Cassidy
Don Rabon Cassidy, 84, of Santa Barbara passed away peacefully after a yearlong decline from Parkinson’s Disease on January 17, 2017. Don was born June 18, 1932, in Jacksonville, FL to Mildred Ella and Rabon Patrick Mozo. Don had an older sister, Joyce, by two years. He was adopted at the age of nine by his mother’s second husband, William Cassidy.
Don graduated high school and joined the Navy in 1950. He spent time training in California and was later stationed in Guam during the Korean Conflict. Don graduated from Lynchberg College, Virginia in 1957. Later Don attended The Union Theological Seminary in New York City and graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1960. Later, he received his Masters of Sacred Theology at Boston University in 1967. Don was an ordained minister and served the Disciples of Christ and Congregational Churches in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Illinois until 1994 when he retired.
Don retired to Santa Barbara, CA where he deepened his studies and found a wonderful community of friends and a comfort and support in the Disciples of Christ church. Don was a kind and gentle man, a funny and wise friend, who devoted his life to helping people. He loved God and the world’s peoples and creatures. He was the most devoted father to his children.
Don is survived by his daughters Deborah (George), Mary (Samer),and Karen, and son Mark (Christine) and grandson Alexander.
A memorial service on his behalf will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, June 17 at The First Christian Church 1915 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101