Lt. Colonel Donald French Patrick Warrick Jr., United States Air Force Reserve, Ret.
Lt. Col. Donald French Patrick Warrick Jr., 71, passed away January 3, 2020 following a pedestrian
He was a dual resident of Boardman, Ohio and Tampa, Florida. Don (Donnie) was born March 17, 1948,
son of Donald French Warrick Sr. and Florence (Lane) Warrick in Connellsville, Pa. He graduated from
Connellsville High School in 1966, received a BA in Political Science from Youngstown State University in
1970. Don began his 38 year military service in the Army as a Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot from
1970-71. His passion for flying prompted him to join the USAF in 1972. He flew the T-37 and T-38 Talon
on training missions and the C-123 in Vietnam. He entered the 911th Airlift Wing in 1974. His career as a
C-130 pilot was legendary. His incredible self- confidence, calm courageous nature and rugged good
looks inspired the nickname ‘C-130 Steve McQueen’ by fellow Airmen. In 2000-2003 he served as the
911th Airlift Wing Vice Wing Commander. While working in this capacity he initiated and directed the
first Wings Over Pittsburgh Airshow. This spectacular event put the 911th on the map. The airshows have
spanned nearly two decades, growing to become the Air Force Reserve Command’s largest airshow. and
served as benchmark for the other bases’ open house programs. These shows host over 100,000 guests
per weekend event and bolstered USAF recruiting and retention in post 9/11 era. Don was a senior
leader of over 1,500 airmen, community ambassador to other government agencies and local businesses
and a key supporter for community grass roots efforts to keep the 911th open during Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC) programs. He retired from the Air Force Reserves with extensive flying and
operational accomplishments in 2008.
Don Warrick’s tenacity was rivaled only by his curiosity. Over the past fifty years he wore many hats.
Highly skilled and successful in the medical, food service, financial and aviation industries. He was a
pharmaceutical sales rep / regional manager for Bristol Myers (Ohio), VP of Food Service Division at
Galaxy Foods (Orlando, Fla), Executive Sales Officer at Clover Hills (PA), Transamerica Investment
Advisor (Ohio/Fla), C-130 Instructor Pilot at CAE USA’s Tampa Training Center (Tampa, Fla). He
developed lifelong friendships everywhere he worked. He loved his CAE family and is sorely missed by
his crews from all over the world – especially the Belgian / Poland Airmen whom he fondly referred to as
‘my gritty guys’.
He was an avid golfer, runner and skier. A world traveler, thrill seeker, voracious reader and a diehard
Steeler fan. Don always viewed life through optimistic eyes. He was a man’s man, a positive force,
mentor and role model to many. Quitting was never an option- if there was a will, Don found a way. His
immense love, devotion and adoration for his wife and children were beyond compare. He was a man of
strong faith, integrity and character. Simply stated, ‘He was the best of the best.’ His untimely death is a
great loss and tremendous void.
Don was proceeded in death by his parents, Donald and Florence Warrick and his son, Donald Warrick
III. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth (LoGiudice) Warrick, his children; Kristie (Joseph)
Remish, Heather Warrick, Crawford Warrick, McCallen Warrick and grandchildren; Joseph, Michael and
Kaitlin Remish. He also leaves behind his heartbroken German Shepherd, Bonnie.
A private memorial service with full military honors is scheduled for a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Fox Funeral Home 4700 Market St. Boardman, Ohio.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered 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. Hov’ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls if 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 untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
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