Donald J. LeCates of Bethel passed away on Jan. 30 at TidalHealth Nanticoke surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born on Feb. 4, 1948 to the late Franklin Monroe LeCates and Kathryn Klatt LeCates. He was retired as a truck driver for Mountaire Farms with many years of service. 

Donald is survived by his sister, Karen LeCates Towers; nieces, Tracy Childs and Ping Wang Towers; nephew, Robert LeCates; great niece, Lily Jade Towers; and great nephew, Ashton Towers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy LeCates; brother, David Lecates; brother-in-law, Monte Towers; nephew, Troy Towers; and his favorite cat, Wendy. 

A visitation was held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home Inc. in Laurel. The funeral service followed with Pastor Joe LeCates officiating. Interment was held at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.