Don Thomas Pettyjohn, 60, communications specialist

May 13, 2002

Don Thomas Pettyjohn, a retired Air Force communications specialist who worked at the National Security Agency for 15 years, died Wednesday of heart disease at North Texas State University Hospital. He was 60.

After retiring from the Air Force in the early 1980s, Mr. Pettyjohn joined the NSA in Anne Arundel County.

"He was a communications and technology specialist in the military, and that's essentially what he did for the Department of Defense after he retired from the Air Force," said his wife, Ernestine Wilson Pettyjohn of Fort Worth, Texas.

The couple lived in Severn until Mr. Pettyjohn left government service about five years ago, his wife said.

During his career in the Air Force, he was stationed at bases around the world. Mr. Pettyjohn served tours in the Philippines, Crete, Spain, Scotland, Japan and Taiwan.

He retired as a senior master sergeant.

Services will be held today at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Carrie Lynn Comerford of Laurel; a son, David Brian Pettyjohn of Baltimore; a sister, Suzanne Pettyjohn of Fort Worth; a brother, Brian Pettyjohn of Port Angeles, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

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