Donald S. Lancaster

Donald S. Lancaster, 87, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of service, love, and adventure. Born on May 20, 1936, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Donald lived a life marked by dedication, courage, and compassion.

Donald proudly served his country in the Coast Guard, Air Force, and Army, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to duty and honor. He bravely served two tours in Vietnam, embodying the spirit of sacrifice and valor.

Beyond his military service, Donald was a lifelong sport fisherman, finding solace and joy in the tranquility of the water. His passion for fishing was matched only by his love for his family.

Donald is survived by his beloved wife, Polly Joann Lancaster; devoted daughter Kimberly (Lancaster) Birch; sons Brian, Geoff, and Jerry Lancaster; son-in-law, Denny Birch; daughter-in-law Dorian Lancaster; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by sisters Jan Gray and Gail Stumler and brother Mel Lancaster.

Donald was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur Scott Lancaster, and his mother, Edna Reilly Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Kids Fishing Foundation (

A memorial service to celebrate Donald’s life will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at the Peninsula Funeral Home, located at 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, with the service to follow at 2:00 pm.  The service is available for live-streaming at

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.



  1. Therese Camp

    Captain Don was a treasure. He treated Drew, not as a kid, but as a fellow fisherman. Drew loved being on his show and learned so much. Happy fishing.

  2. Dan Piacentino

    Don was my broadcast partner for Peninsula District football games. I always enjoyed his commentary, full of great content, insight and humor. Rest in peace Captain.

  3. Kay B Callis

    Don – sir you were the best- at everything. I don’t believe you even knew the word no. It was always how can we do this? or how can we do this better. I’ve loved every moment we spent together. I know that you are already explaining how things need to be done in heaven. And all of your fishing buddies have welcomed you and you are catching up.
    Fair winds and following seas Captain

  4. Larry Bridgman

    Don and I conducted fishing seminars for kids and adults at Newport News Park over the years. A stellar guy! RIP dear friend..until we meet again!

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