Don L. Conaway, 79, remembered as a caring and attentive physician

Don L. Conaway
Don L. Conaway

Don L. Conaway, 79, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 2, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Conaway; parents, Fred and Jeanne Conaway of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; and great-nephew, Ryan Hanzes of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

Don was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and lived there for about 10 years before moving to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He returned to Uniontown with his family his junior year of high school. Following high school, Don attended West Virginia University, where he completed his undergraduate degree and attended medical school. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the National Society of Pershing Rifles.

Don completed his internship at Uniontown Hospital in Pennsylvania from 1965 to 1966, and his residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, from 1966 to 1969. He served as an internist at Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, from 1970 to 1973, and completed a fellowship for endocrinology and metabolism at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., from 1973 to 1975.

Don served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1973, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander. Don also served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1976, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Don married his wife, Barbara, on April 28, 1973, and started his medical practice in 1977 in Virginia Beach, where he practiced for over 40 years. He was known as a caring and attentive physician by many of his patients.

Don is survived by his daughter, Jennifer; son, Christopher (Linzey); brother, Fritz Conaway (Bonnie) of Pennsylvania; sister, Jane Conaway of Pennsylvania; niece, Beth Hanzes (Greg) of Pennsylvania; nephew, Eric Conaway (Jessica) of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Skylar, Jordyn and Harper; and three great-nephews, Aaron, Cole and Luke.

Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. Interment will follow services in Princess Anne Memorial Park. A reception to celebrate Don’s life, memories and the lives that he influenced will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Cavalier Hotel following the service. We invite all friends and family to attend.

In lieu of flowers and focusing on Don’s vision of helping others, memorial donations may be made to Law Enforcement United. All donations go towards families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Please reference “Conaway Memorial.”

The Conaway family would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Dr. Jessie Broome, the doctors and nurses at Sentara Virginia Beach General, Heartland Home Health and Hospice and BrightStar Care for their dedication, professionalism and compassion to Don’s care.

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