Don Lynam was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. His father, Frank Lynam, the son of a ship builder emigrated from London, England. Don is survived by his wife of 30 years, Michelle. With Therese Lynam he was the loving father of 6 : Gary Lynam (Dale) of Rocklin; Sharon Rossell (Manny) of San Jose, Deborah Nelson (Chris Kruger) of Groveland, Laurie Silva (Chad) of Campbell, Rhonda Lynam of Pacific Grove and Lisa Tomaino (Jim) of El Dorado Hills plus 3 step children: Jerry Pond, Chris Pond (Pam) of San Diego and Jeni Newman (Doug) of Granite Bay and a brother, Paul Lynam of Florida. He had 24 beloved grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Upon high school graduation he entered the US Army Air Corp where he was a cryptographer. A lifelong learner Don graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts received a BA in Electrical Engineering and then an MSEE from North Eastern University. He continued his studies with an MBA from University of Santa Clara, JD from Lincoln Law School and finally a PhD in Business Administration from West Coast University at the age of 78!
As a "dooer" he was the go-to guy when people needed a job done. He co-founded the American Electronics Association Credit Union in Sunnyvale (now Keypoint). With daughter Lisa he helped found Child Quest International where he became passionately involved in the return of lost and missing children. Working with daughter Rhonda they founded Balcony Bistro in Folsom and with stepson Chris, Network Insight in San Diego. As an avid golfer he was a charter member of the Springfield Golf Club.
Don's career began with GE, Honeywell and Fairchild. In management with Fairchild in the early days of the semiconductor industry, Don spun off his own company in 1971 called IC Transducers, later purchased by the Foxboro Company. In 1982 he founded IC Sensors retiring in 1990 to pursue his new passion for law. He specialized in mergers and acquisitions until moving to Springfield in 1998. He was also a member of the Placer County Grand Jury before illness made it impossible for his to continue.
A devotion to hard work and learning still left time for his true passion – Sports! A lifelong Boston Red Sox fanatic, Boston Celtics fan and 49'r faithful he also loved tennis, skiing and golf seldom missing an opportunity to cheer on his favorite. In later years, playing and watching golf became an obsession – hence the mandatory requirement that he live as near a golf course as possible.
Don will be sadly missed for his love of family and dear friends, hard work and wicked sense of humor. He loved to play jokes , eat cookies and feed treats to his dog, Mickey. He was most happy when helping others.