Donald J. Lynch, 97, of Selbyville, Del., passed away at home on Sunday, March 22, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late Vernon W. Lynch and Elsie (Powell) Lynch.

Lynch attended the University of Delaware and Goldey-Beacom College. He owned the former Animal Health Sales Inc., in Selbyville and L&M Distributors & Laboratories, which distributed and manufactured poultry vaccines.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville, Church of Christ in Ocean View, Fenwick Island Lions Club, Mason Dixon VFW, Selbyville Elks, Doric Masonic Lodge in Millville, Tall Cedars, Scottish Rite and NUR Shrine. In addition, he served on the Selbyville and Indian River school boards, on the Fenwick Island Town Council as president, on the University of Delaware Board of Trustees; was member of the Delaware House of Representatives from 1972 to 1978, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture from 1981 to 1985, and president of Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc.

Lynch is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Meredith Lynch of Selbyville; two daughters, Donna J. Lynch Villani and her husband, Sam, of Bethany Beach, Del., and Irene Lynch Bunting and her husband, Greg, of Selbyville; a son, Kevin D. Lynch and his wife, Cathy, of Selbyville; a brother, Jack Lynch of Bayard, Del.; a sister, Ruth Workman of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; nine grandchildren, Hunter Bunting, Erin Floyd, Regina Henry, Misty Roberts, Shana Hancock, Joshua Boyer, Sam Villani III, Nicholas Villani and Jenna Taylor; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salem U.M. Church; P.O. Box 410; Selbyville, DE 10975, or to St. Matthews By-The-Sea U.M. Church; 1000 Coastal Hwy.; Fenwick Island, DE 19944, or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 10963. Services will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent online at