Donald Allen Conrad, 80, of Jefferson, Maryland, passed away unexpectedly on June 10, 2023 at Frederick Health Hospital. Don was born at home to Howard Levi Conrad and Myrtle R. Hamrick Conrad in Monterville, West Virginia on April 4, 1943.
Don graduated from Tygarts Valley High School in Mill Creek, West Virginia in 1962 and immediately moved to the Washington DC area where he spent his entire adult life. He worked a series of odd jobs before being hired as a staff member by George Washington University and working his way up to manager in the Alumni/Bio Records Division. Don was proudly associated with George Washington University for over four decades and had fond memories of the university and the people he worked with over the years.
He married his wife, Carol, in 1986 after meeting her in a carpool to Washington D.C several years earlier. They were happily together for 36 long years sharing joys and sorrows equally till Don's last breath.
Don loved picnics, football, NASCAR and spending time outdoors with his family. He was a huge football fan, especially rooting for the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was known for his bright smile, twinkling blue eyes and an irreverent sense of humor that could make anyone laugh out loud. He had an amazing ability to create funny rhymes on the spot. And although Don had sworn he would never own a cat, he took enormous pleasure in transitioning Rocky, a skittish feral cat, into a family member. Apart from Rocky, his dog, Corona, held a very special place in his heart.
Don is survived by his wife, Carol Conrad, nieces Pamela Brennan and family, Sonya Gonzalez and family and Charlene Meador, mother-in-law, Reda Meador, brother-in-law, Mike Meador, sister-in-law, Melinda Meador, sister-in-law, Christina Dubberstine and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Howard Levi Conrad and mother Myrtle R. Hamrick Conrad; sister, Hazel Battiste and husband Guy "Red" Battiste, sister, Karen Channell and her husband Robert Channell who was also a special friend to Don, father-in-law, Vernon Meador and his wife Anna Meador.
The family will hold a private Memorial Service at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Frederick County Humane Society, Frederick Health Hospital’s ReEnvisioning Critical Care Campaign, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Don touched the lives of countless people throughout his rich life and he will always be remembered with love and admiration. A kind heart has stopped beating, but memories of Don's love and compassion will live forever in our hearts and he will be deeply missed.