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Artist and jazz musician Don Nedobeck died this morning, Oct. 23, at a hospital in Sanford. He had just turned 85 on Aug. 26.

Nedobeck’s wife of 63 years, Liz, said her husband died of complications from a heart condition.

The couple split their time between DeLand and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They moved to DeLand about 30 years ago, and Don Nedobeck charmed the arts-loving West Volusia community both with his whimsical artwork and his skill as a clarinetist and cornetist.

Don Nedobeck was a regular exhibitor at the Fall Festival of the Arts in DeLand, where he not only exhibited but often created art in his booth.

“Don, with you at his side, touched so many lives,” a friend wrote to Liz Nedobeck upon hearing of Don’s death.

“Don made everyone feel special,” another friend added.

Liz and Don Nedobeck have three children, Melissa, Mary Beth and Patrick, all of whom live in Milwaukee.

Liz Nedobeck said plans are not final for a memorial service, but one is planned.

“We want to have a celebration of his life,” she said.

Lankford Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

<p><p><strong>ARTS FESTIVAL REGULAR —</strong> Holding one of his iconic cats, artist Don Nedobeck greets visitors to the 2019 Fall Festival of the Arts in Downtown DeLand. Nedobeck’s wife, Liz, said Don was saddened by the news of the festival’s cancellation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p></p><p>BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN</p>
ARTS FESTIVAL REGULAR — Holding one of his iconic cats, artist Don Nedobeck greets visitors to the 2019 Fall Festival of the Arts in Downtown DeLand. Nedobeck’s wife, Liz, said Don was saddened by the news of the festival’s cancellation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

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Barb and her husband, Jeff, were both born in Kokomo, Indiana, a factory town surrounded by cornfields about 50 miles north of Indianapolis. In 1979, they set out on a road trip that would define their lives, and would end with their taking up residence in DeLand. After working at the DeLand Sun News and the Orlando Sentinel 1979-92, Barb helped found The Beacon, and was appointed publisher and CEO in 2013. Since late 2004, Barb has also managed Conrad Realty Co.’s historic property in Downtown DeLand, where The Beacon is an anchor tenant.

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