Don was born May 6, 1932 in Hammond, IN the son of the late Joseph Raymond Lannan and Lila Illinois Ellis Lannan. He graduated Hammond High School in 1950 and enlisted in the United States Army where he spent three years and was honorably discharged February 1, 1954. He then enrolled in chiropractic school at Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, MO. While attending school, he met his future bride, Miss Anna Hall, from Tennessee, who was also there fulfilling school duties to become a registered nurse. Upon completion of school, Don and some buddies decided to go to California. Anna soon flew to California to visit and they married on November 7, 1960. The couple resided in Novato, CA until 1965 when they moved to Tullahoma, TN where Don began a new career with Sear’s Catalog Sales. Due to his career in sales, the couple and their children moved frequently. While residing in Conyers, Georgia Don was actively involved in his children’s activities and was instrumental in starting the Rockdale Soccer League. The family then moved to Griffin, Georgia where they spent several years. In 1988, the family moved back to Manchester, TN where Don began perusing his love for plants and trees. He held the honor of being a “Master Gardner” and the family’s home place became a showplace of unusual plants and trees. He taught his four children many species of plants and trees and thought this gave them a knowledge they may not have learned in school. He also built a number of bluebird houses found on the greenway in Manchester for all to enjoy. Don was also known to have a interesting quirk of writing a date on everything purchased or acquired by the family. He was an avid reader and a member of Wesley Heights United Methodist Church in Tullahoma. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Lannan.
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Ann Hall Lannan of Manchester; four children, Shawn Wayne Lannan of Williamson, GA, Gavin Joseph Lannan of Manchester, TN, Jill Lannan Kellogg and husband, Todd of Murfreesboro, and Kim Lannan also of Murfreesboro, TN; eight grandchildren, Lyla Lannan, Layton Lannan, Hannah Lannan, Logan Boatman, Ryan Kellogg and Rachel Kellogg and Mallory Moore and Kera Moore; and one great granddaughter, Kyla Lannan. Also surviving is a sister, Joan Lannan Blanchette of Lynwood, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Heights United Methodist Church, 2102 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388 or to the National Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org or National Parkinson Foundation,
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