Don was born December 23,1941 in Zurbrugg Hospital, Riverside to Edward and Edna Rowan. Raised in Burlington, he graduated from Burlington City High School in 1960 and then served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky during the Vietnam War. After serving, Don attended Pierce Junior College, the American Institute of Banking, and IBM technical schools to further his advancement in Computer Information Systems Development. He worked in banking ISD for 17 years starting with Mechanics National Bank. He retired from the State of NJ State Judiciary, Information Systems Division as Lead Project Manager in June 2003. Don was a faithful and active member of St Paul Roman Catholic Church (St Katharine Drexel Parish) where he was baptized and confirmed. Don was Past Grand Knight of Resurrection Council 3831, Beverly, NJ and a member of Council 589, Burlington, until moving to Selinsgrove, PA in 2020. Don will be deeply missed by his loving wife Mary Motz Rowan of 54 years, his devoted daughter, Colleen Rowan Valentino, her husband Tom, his caring son Don Jr. and his wife Wendy. His grandchildren, the spark in his life, Connor and Emily Valentino, and Madeline, Benjamin, and Olivia Rowan. Don was also survived by two loyal brothers Edward, his wife Mary and William Rowan. Many relatives and special friends also morn his loss. One of Dad’s favorite things to do was building and remodeling projects. He taught us that there is always room for improvement in the world and ourselves!
Don was an avid golfer. He taught his grandchildren to enjoy the game at a high level. Pop enjoyed watching and attending all his grandkids activities, whether it be sports, bowling events, music concerts or just hanging out! His favorite saying was “take five”. All the kids knew what that meant! - We love you Pop! Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Wed, June 22, 9:30 to 10:30am at Page Funeral Home 302 E. Union St., Burlington, NJ; followed by Mass, 11am at St Paul Catholic Church, 223 East Union St, Burlington. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Burlington.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Katharine Drexel Parish 223 E Union St, Burlington, NJ 08016.
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