Sumter County Commissioner
Florida State Representative
Don Hahnfeldt's entire career was about service to his country and community.
During his distinguished, 32-year career in the U.S. Navy, Don commanded two nuclear submarines and ultimately served as Commander of the Pacific Fleet's Strategic Submarine Squadron. He managed thousands of personnel and assets worth billions of dollars. Under his leadership, a group of nuclear experts confronted the challenge of dealing with radioactive waste disposal from the infamous Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Russia.
After the Navy, he applied his leadership and problem-solving skills to local affairs, serving as a city manager in Central Washington. When he and his wife, Cheryle, relocated to Sumter County over a decade ago, he brought his dedication to community service with him. He served as president of the Villages Homeowners Association and the Central Florida Health Alliance Board, as well as on numerous other boards and committees.
Elected to the Sumter County Commission in 2012, Don went right to work with his colleagues and constituents to help the county grow right while keeping taxes low and services at a premium. In 2016, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives.
Don passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 at The Villages Regional Hospital after a valiant fight with cancer.