Donley Paul Townsend
Donley Paul Townsend
  • April 22, 1924 - June 11, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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“Mission accomplished, Sir.”

Our dad said that was the only obituary he wanted as he prepared to meet his Lord. That was the way he lived his life – as a mission given to him when he was six years old and decided to one day fly airplanes.

He said he hoped to hear his Lord say, “Well done. Welcome home. We, his family and friends, believe he needs a bit more of a notice of his passing because he was a remarkable man in the lives of many, many people. Colonel Donley P. Townsend passed from his earthly life on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at his home in Dallas.

He will be remembered at a Visitation and informal reception on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home from 3pm to 5pm.

He will be buried with full military honors on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 1:00pm at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

He was born on April 22, 1924, at home on a farm outside of Cedar Vale, Kansas, the first of four children for Paul Wesley Townsend and Rachel Butler Townsend.

He entered military service at the beginning of World War II and commanded a B-26 Marauder crew over Europe by the time he was 19 years old. He flew more than 40 missions Italy, France, Belgium and Germany before the end of the war.

After serving in the Occupation Forces in Austria, he returned to the United States and married his beloved Polly of Marshall, Texas, on January 6, 1946, at the Base Chapel at Barksdale Field, Louisiana.

He spent the next 29 years of his life serving his country as an Air Force officer, commanding B-36 and B-52 bomber crews, then squadrons, wings, and Air Force bases all over the world. During the late 60s he flew more than 60 B-52 missions over Vietnam.

Beginning retirement in 1975 he and Polly moved to Hurst, Texas, where they were active in ministries of First Baptist Church of Hurst and the lives of their family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Percy Keith Townsend and sister Thayce Townsend Lindsay.

He was also preceded in death by his cherished wife of 64 years Pauline (Polly) Heim Townsend, his first grandson Adam Townsend Malcik, and his daughter-in-law Christina Godfrey Townsend.

He is survived by two children, Vy Townsend Malcik of Edgewood, Texas, and Donley P. Townsend Jr. of Dallas, Texas; son-in-law Michael Malcik also of Edgewood; grandchildren Emily Dawn Malcik, Edgewood, Sarah Elizabeth Townsend, San Francisco, California, and Donley P. Townsend III (Trey), Dallas; a sister Mary Ellen Townsend Stone, Knoxville, Tennessee; many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

He is also survived by his second wife Sharon Patton Townsend of Dallas and her three daughters.