State Rep. Don Hahnfeldt loses battle with cancer

State Rep. Don Hahnfeldt, a Villages resident, has lost his battle with cancer. He was 73.

He reportedly passed away on Christmas Eve.

Up until the end, he kept up a busy schedules of public appearances.

Hahnfeldt, a former Sumter County commissioner, spoke Dec. 13 before The VHA, a group with which he was involved for many years. During that meeting at Lake Miona Recreation Center, he offered a legislative overview.

State Rep. Don Hahnfeldt, is flanked by Fred Briggs and Joe Elliott of the VHA at a meeting Dec. 13.

Earlier this year, he was honored in a presentation before the Lady Lake Commission.

State Rep. Don Hahnfeldt, center, was honored by the Florida League of Cities, in August. He is flanked by Mayor Jim Richards and Amber Hughes.

Gov. Rick Scott has offered his condolences.

“My wife Ann and I are saddened by the news of Representative Don Hahnfeldt’s passing,” Scott said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

The former submariner took on many roles in The Villages, including his involvement with The Villages Regional Hospital as a member of the board of the Central Florida Health Alliance.

Hahnfeldt remained outspoken when it came to politics.

He was elected as a freshman member of the Florida House this past year. He sailed to victory, running unopposed.   

Don Hahnfeldt, candidate for the Florida House, speaks at the GOP event, in 2016.

in the run-up to the 2016 presidential contest, he came out as a staunch supporter of GOP candidate for the White House, Donald Trump.

In 2015, he brought the house down when he offered an impersonation of Hillary Clinton at a GOP BBQ rally at Laurel Manor Recreation Center.

This past fall, he had been inducted as a Pitt Varsity Letterman of Distinction at the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Pittsburgh.

Don Hahnfeldt and his wife Cheryle at the induction at the University of Pittsburgh.

Hahnfeldt is survived by his wife, Cheryle, his three children, Christiana, Katherine, and Jennifer, and seven grandchildren, John, Analiese, Madalyn, Thomas, Andrew, Henry, and Cullen.