Don W. Valencia

Age 90, of Hockessin, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 25, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Born in Ventura, CA, Don was the son of the late Roy and Mary (Cota) Valencia.  He served his country proudly in the US Navy during World War II on the USS Kingfisher, a coastal mine sweeper.  After his military service, he worked at Getty Oil/Texaco for 40 years retiring as a foreman.  He was a member of Parish of the Resurrection and the Knights of Columbus.  In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy R. Valencia and his siblings, Cecelia, Shirley, Renee, Roy, Joyce, Jerry, Marty and Helen.

He will be dearly missed by his sons, Bill Valencia (Cindi) of Bear, DE and Don (Sharon) of Holly Oak, DE; his daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Jim Galloway of Elkton, MD; four granddaughters, Brittany, Maggie, Clare and Jennifer; and a great granddaughter, Hannah.

The family would like to thank the staff at Franciscan Healthcare at Brackenville for their professional and compassionate care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 30th at Parish of the Resurrection, 3000 Videre Drive, Skyline Ridge at 10:30 AM where friends and family are invited to visitation after 8:30 AM.  Burial will be at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice, 405 Marsh Lane #4, Newport, DE 19804.  Condolences may be made by visiting



Submitted by Gabriel on
I am sorry to hear of your loss. May you always cherish your happy memories you have. And may the"God of all comfort" comfort you at this time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

Submitted by Nicole on
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. Dads are special and are terribly missed. We look forward to a time when God will wipe your tears and sickness pain and death will be no more, Revelation 21:4

Submitted by Dave Cochran on
The Valencia Family; Knew Don well, a great friend. May you all know he is in a much better place. Dave Cochran Montgomery, TX Past Refinery Fire Chief

Submitted by Sandy Ashby on
Dear Bill, Bob and I extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved dad. I am sure that he felt your love and compassion right up until the very end of his life. You were always there for him and I know that you had a special bond. May he rest in peace after a life well-lived. With sympathy, friendship and love, Sandy Ashby