Donald Larkin Foster, 86, of Columbia passed away Dec. 4, 2018.

Donald was born Nov. 30, 1932, in Long Beach, California. He remained in California until he entered the U.S. Army in 1953. After serving on active duty for 20 years, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1973. Following his retirement, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Missouri.

On June 9, 1957, he married Bonnie Henderson of Carrollton, Missouri, at Fort Carson, Colorado. She turned out to be an excellent “Army wife,” managing all the family affairs while Don had tours in Korea and Vietnam. She shared his tour on Kwajalein Island. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Barbara (Ruben) Garcia and Susan Foster, and one son, Donald (Janet). He also had five grandchildren, Christina, Luis and Dominic Garcia and Michael and Caroline Foster.

He served 15 years in several positions in Columbia College’s Administration, with his longest tenure as Vice President for Administrative Services. His greatest satisfaction came from serving as Dean of Extended Studies during the program’s early days, establishing a quality program that is now over 40 years old.

In his adult life, he was a long time member of the Episcopal Church and was a Licensed Lay Reader in four dioceses.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Missouri. Interment will be held at Pleasant Park Cemetery in Carrollton, Missouri.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Calvary Episcopal Church Library Fund, 123 S. Ninth St., Columbia, MO 65203.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 E. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at

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