Donald Patrick Malone


Donald P. Malone, Grayson, Ky., died May 22, 2019 at his home. He was seventy-two years old.
Mr. Malone was born September 18, 1946 to the late Fred and Helen Thomas Malone of Grayson.
He was the eldest child and proud brother to Michael (Rose) Malone, Bill (Jennifer) Malone, Marilyn Malone (Larry) Thompson, and Margie Malone Gough.
Don is dearly missed by his wife of fifty years, Rita McDavid Malone; his son Donald M. Malone (Jill York) their son Luis Martinez (Alison); his daughter Avery Malone (Jason Milstead); and grandson Aedan Milstead.
Don's quiet wisdom and generosity was matched only by his strength of character, loyalty, and delight in his family and friends.
His wit was second to none. All who spoke with him were sure to hear a shrewd pun or two and an entertaining story. He was able to take the most complicated matters and make them simple to understand and practical to apply.
Don enjoyed playing host to his large, boisterous family and found ways to make every gathering special. Time with Don meant good food, drink and laughter.
He was a member of the Grayson Lunker Hunters Bass Club, a talented photographer, and an elder of Bayless Memorial Presbyterian Church. Don's genius and creativity as an inventor led him to hold 27 U.S. patents.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he was a chemical engineer with 30 years experience in R&D and refinery operations with Marathon Ashland Petroleum. After retiring in 2000, he continued work in petro-chemical research and development, later founding Advanced Carbon Products LLC. He operated two research facilities that will revolutionize carbon technologies for use in automotive industries, aerospace, and the Department of Defense.
Funeral services will be Sunday, May 26, 2p.m. at Bayless Memorial Presbyterian Church by Elder Josh Akers. Visitation will be Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home, and after 1 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to: Bayless Memorial Presbyterian Church, 108 East 2nd St., Grayson KY 41143. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
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DeLee Ison
Jun 14, 2019
It is with great shock and sadness that I am learning of Don's passing. He truly was one of my favorite classmates and friends. Always optimistic, funny, compassionate and supportive. My heart aches for his wife and family, and for all of us who loved him. Thanks, Don, for all you did. You will live on in my heart.
Zane Criswell
May 26, 2019
You are in our thoughts and prayers--Randy and Zane Criswell
G Huckeba
May 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May the 'God of all comfort' be with you during this difficult time. I have personally found comfort in the promise at 1 Corinthians 15:26 that states very soon 'death will be brought to nothing'. Then, we have the prospect of being reunited with our loved ones right here on Earth (John 5:28,29). I truly hope this brings you comfort and peace. With deepest sympathies, Gwen and family.
Jeff and Gwen Baier
May 24, 2019
Rita our condolences go out to you and your family. We are so very sorry for your lose. Hugs
Debbie Lee
May 23, 2019
My heart hurts for the Malone family. Thinking of you and sending prayers your way.