Don Linton, one of Friends of Istokpoga original board of directors members, passed away on February 20, 2007. Don was one of the founders of Friends of Istokpoga and had always been one of its board members. Don was a fifth generation Floridian born and raised in Wewatchka, Florida. He was a true outdoors man all his life and he truly loved living on Lake Istokpoga.
Don served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1950. In 1953 Don graduated from the Florida State University. It was while attending Florida State that he met his wife Kitty; and was also on its first undefeated football team. After graduation he began a 30 year career in education, teaching science and coaching football. He eventually advanced into school administration. Don retired in 1985 as principal of Cooper City High in Ft. Lauderdale.
He then came to Lake Placid to live at Eagles Nest on the south shore of Lake Istokpoga. Even though Don came to Istokpoga to fish and relax, he truly was not a sit still type of person. He got involved in our local community in a big way. Besides being on the Friends of Istokpoga Lake Association board he was member of the Highlands County Water Advisory Board, Lake Placid Chamber of commerce, Highlands County Lakes Association, Rotary Club, Highlands County Retired Educators Association and the Highlands County Education Foundation. Don truly was a busy person and a great asset to our community.
Don was also a man of great integrity and compassion. He will be soulful missed by all who knew him.
Don is survived by his wife of 53 years Kitty, a daughter Catherine and three sons Don, John, Paul and many grandchildren. Don we will miss you out there on Istokpoga and the Friends of Istokpoga Lake Association thanks you for all your help through the years.