Donald Pacifico, 79, Hollidaysburg, died peacefully at home Friday after a valiant fight with lymphatic cancer.
He was born in Ebensburg, son of Fred and Ida (Domenick) Pacifico. He has been happily married to Catherine Detterbeck since September 1955.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine; his daughter, Carin and husband, Philip Arcuni, of Menlo Park, Calif.; his son, Mark and wife, Karen, of Altoona; two grandchildren: Cara and Philip; two nieces: Marilyn Albright of Tampa, Fla., and Donna Butz of Sanibel, Fla.; and two nephews: Matthew and Frank Rimbeck of Altoona.
Mr. Pacifico graduated from Altoona High School in 1952. He worked in the family confectionery business at Sixth Avenue and 22nd Street and as a representative for Coldelite and Carpigiani ice cream equipment company. Later he was a sales representative for the Calgon Industrial Chemicals Division of Merck Inc. In 1985, he joined the instructional staff in the kitchen at Ebensburg State Prison, retiring in 1998.
Mr. Pacifico enjoyed organizing and assisting with area service projects. He was active in the Chef's Association and helped to design the curriculum for the food service program at Altoona Vocational-Technical School. He was a member of the Sierra Club and the Altoona Lions Club and was a reliable volunteer at the soup kitchen. He served as an elected precinct judge. Mr. Pacifico was an active member of St. Mary's Parish in Altoona.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altoona.
Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.