05/26/1953 - 02/16/2006



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Text Box: It's funny how many Christians God puts in your life during times like this......I sold my motorcycle the other day and the guy who buys it hands me a piece of paper with the following:
Life is not a journey to heaven with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, Thank You God... What a Ride!!!!!!!!
Donald 3/27/2004















Text Box: Donald's advice to a reader contemplating surgery:
I let mine go for 8 years, bad news, malignant.............The MRI will not determine if it is malignant, that is false information.  Also, a FNA sometimes does not provide true information.  The only way to know for sure is removal of the tumor.  Get a second opinion, but I would tell you to get it out now!







Text Box: My Thoughts:
After 28 years in the Marine Corps and 3 years as a police officer, here is “What cancer has taught me.”
There is no such thing as a moment of silence if you listen heard enough.
Love is more than a kiss, a hug, or a simple I love you.
The warmth of the afternoon sun is better than any blanket.
Getting stuck at a red light is a moment to reflect.
Birds really do talk to each other.
Even on a cloudy day you can find a patch of blue sky if you look hard enough.
Finding a penny on the ground can be exciting.
God is real.
True friends come to your call.
Dying is not the worst thing in life.
Quality time is any time spent with loved ones.
I would not wish cancer on anyone but if people could just spend 5 minutes in my world they would soon discover that life is in fact to short and all the petty things mean nothing.
Donald 2/12/2005
















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Donald had Salivary Duct Adenocarcinoma which is frequently described as the most aggressive of the parotid cancers.  It is also very rare.  It only occurs about .2% of the time.  At the time of his diagnosis there were approximately 145 cases described in the English language.

Salivary Duct Cancer


St. Petersberg Times obituary:

DOLBY, DONALD ALLEN, 52, of Hudson, died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2006) at home. Born in San Jose, Calif., he came here in 1994. He was a retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant with 28 years of service, and a former police officer for Zephyrhills Police Department. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hernando Beach, and a member of 1st Marine Division Association. Survivors include his wife, Debra; three sons, Staff Sergeant Ryan, United States Marine Corps, and Tyler and Hunter, both of Hudson; a daughter, Nicole, Hudson; his father, William Dolby, Central Point, Ore.; and a sister, Margaret Pinkham, San Jose, Calif. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson.