Donald A. WeinsteinJune 23, 1947 ~ January 7, 2013 (age 65)
A beloved husband and father, Donald (Don) Weinstein, 65, of Blythewood, South Carolina, passed peacefully January 7, 2013 surrounded by his family and friends. Born June 23, 1947, in Atlanta, Georgia, he was the son of the late Clayton and Evelyn Weinstein.
Don's father was a retired Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard, and his example of military service led Don to join the U.S. Marine Corps on 14 September 1965. Don served two tours in Vietnam and during his first tour was wounded in combat for which he received a Purple Heart. In June of 1974 Don attended the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Course and upon graduation became a Special Agent for the U.S. Marines. While serving as an agent, Don aspired to do more in the investigations arena, and in April 1978 he completed the U.S. Army Military Police School with expertise in polygraph examination.
Don's military decorations included the Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2d Awd), Good Conduct Medal (7th Awd), National Defense Service Medal (2d Awd), Vietnam Service Medal (7th Awd), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Color with Palm), and Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Medal 1st Class with Palm).
In February 1991, after achieving the rank of E-9, Master Gunnery Sergeant Donald Weinstein retired from the US Marine Corps and began a new career in civilian service, serving as a law enforcement agent for the U.S. Air Force, Office of Special Investigations. That assignment placed him at the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute (now the National Center for Credibility Assessment, or NCCA). In the following 21 years he distinguished himself as a NCCA polygraph instructor and Chief of Continuing Education. A member of the American Polygraph Association (APA), Don was elected to and served in the capacity of Director, Vice President-Government, President and Chairman of the Board. He received life membership with the APA and American Association of Police Polygraphists for his substantial and enduring contribution to the profession. Don retired in April 2012 after nearly 47 years of government service.
Don is survived by his wife, Paula Weinstein; son David Weinstein of California; step-son Ben Muh of Virginia, step-daughter Rachel Donaldson of Ohio, step-son Jason Porter of North Carolina; 6 grandchildren, Grace Ann Weinstein, Rebecca Rose Weinstein, Hayden Muh, Kaleb Porter, Tapanga Porter, Cole Brodeur; six siblings, Gale Weinstein of Florida, Judy Danis of Maine, Brenda Lohr of California, Deborah McAndrew of Florida, David Sawyer of Maine and Stephen Sawyer of Maine.
Funeral services for Don Weinstein will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home on 4645 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia, South Carolina. He will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.