Don graduated from Auburn East High School and SUNY Morrisville. He entered the NY State Police Academy in 1958 as a Trooper, and from 1965 to the end of his career, he was an Investigator with the BCI, staying active in police work as a Private Investigator after his retirement.
A community-minded Auburnian, Don was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge, and served as Cayuga County Legislator for two terms. He was involved in Cub Scouts, Auburn Youth Baseball and was a lifetime member of St Peter's Church. An excellent athlete, he lettered in three sports in High School and was inducted into the AHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
A caring and kind man, Don took an interest in everyone he met and was admired and respected by those who had the pleasure of knowing him and receiving a big hug. He was an accomplished woodworker, had a tool for every job and was famous for his delicious homemade sauerkraut.
Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Linda Kroker Brandstetter; children, Scott (Karen Oppenheim) of Ashland, OR, Wendy (Rich) Conner of Ashland, OR, and Chris Brandstetter of Woodland, CA; grandchildren, Chance, Paris and Harper Conner, Zia and Gehrig Brandstetter.
Don was predeceased by his parents, William and Lillian and his two brothers, Bill and Charlie.
Please visit Langhamfuneralhomellc.com to leave a condolence for the family.
Memorial donations in Don's name may be made to: Matthew House 43 Metcalf Dr. Auburn, NY 13021 matthewhouse.org/giving or St Jude Children's Research Hospital stjude.org/donate
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