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Monday, March 2, 2015

Donald A Driscoll 33° - Scottish Rite Express

Scottish Rite Express

Valley of Des Moines
Orient of Iowa

March 2, 2015

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Bryce B. Hildreth  33° 
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W. Charles Smithson 32° KCCH
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Gregory L. Andersen 33°
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Gregory R. Spooner  32° 
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Shane A. Harshbarger 33°

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Bryce B. Hildreth  33° 
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Richard G. Langdon 33° Assistant  Personal Representative

Ronald D. Lindhart 33°
Assistant Personal Representative 

Samuel G. Wise 33° 
Assistant Personal Representative 

Mark Clark 33°
Assistant Personal Representative 

The Scottish Rite Mission Statement
The mission of Des Moines Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is to increase the knowledge of its members through expanded and enlightened teachings of the basic Masonic principles; to expand Masonic Fraternalism; to inform and educate the non-Masonic public about Freemasonry;  to develop, promote, support its charitable projects; and to provide assistance and support to the Symbolic Lodges and Masons in Central Iowa.
Donald A Driscoll 33°

It is with regret we announce the passing of Illustrious Brother Donald A. Driscoll 33° on February 24, 2015.  

He was born on November 20, 1940 in Fayette, MO to Glenn and Flossie Doyle. At age 10, he was adopted by Verne Driscoll.  Following high school, Don joined the Navy and spent most of his 20 years in submarine service.  His final assignment was the respected position of Chief of the Boat.  After the Navy, he received a B.A. in accounting from Drake.  On June 16, 1983, Don married Anne Anderson.  He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, an Elder and an usher for many years.

Don joined Waveland Park #654 in 1983 and was Master in 1988.  He received his MI and DL Certificates from the Grand Lodge of Iowa.  Don joined the Scottish Rite in 1984 and received the KCCH in 1991.  He was an officer in the Rose Croix line and served as Master of Kadosh in 2010.  He was coroneted an Inspector General Honorary of the 33rd degree in 2007.  Don also served as the Assistant Secretary Registrar for the Des Moines Consistory.  He belonged to the Des Moines York Rite, Royal Order of Scotland, and the Masonic Order of Athelstan.

The family will greet friends from 10am on Thursday, March 5th, followed by a Masonic Service at 10:45am & Celebration of life at 11am all at Westminster Presbyterian Church 4114 Allison Ave. Burial will be at 2pm at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be made to either Westminster Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund or the Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation Scholarship Fund. 


The Knight of the Double Eagle is an award to recognize efforts in growing and supporting the Des Moines Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.  It is available for any member of the Valley, regardless of age, length of membership, other honors, or offices held. 

Section #1 - Required achievements:
(must accomplish each achievement)

  • Serve as a member of a committee or a degree team for the Spring & Fall Reunions
  • Top-line sign one petition for the Scottish Rite
  • Complete the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman I program
  • Attend at least 3 Valley events during the calendar year not used in Section #2

Section #2 - Category achievements:
(must accomplish one achievement  from each area)

  • Participate in Meals from Heartland event
  • Golf or volunteer at the Scottish Rite Golf Outing
  • Donate $100 to the Friends of the Des Moines Consistory
  • Donate $100 to the Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation

  • Attend two University of Freemasonry events
  • Complete the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman II or Symbolic Lodge Edition program
  • Watch or perform in a degree from each of the 4 bodies of the Scottish Rite
  • Write a paper for publication by the Des Moines Valley

  • Bring a Scottish Rite prospect to the Spring Reunion Kick-off or Membership Appreciation Dinner
  • Bring a Scottish Rite prospect to the Fall Reunion Kick-off
  • Top line sign an additional petition to the requirement listed in Section #1
  • Bring the Master or one of the Wardens of your Symbolic Lodge to the Blue Lodge Breakfast

  • Serve as an officer in your Symbolic lodge
  • Bring a prospect for Freemasonry to a kick-off event
  • Top line sign a new member into your Symbolic Lodge
  • Assist with a degree conferral at a Symbolic Lodge other than your own

Upon successful completion, the recipient shall receive a certificate recognizing him as a Knight of the Double Eagle, a Knight of the Double Eagle jewel to be worn along with his Scottish Rite cap, his name listed on the Valley website, and his name upon a Knight of the Double Eagle plaque in the Des Moines Valley library.
All areas must be complete prior to December 31, 2015.  Contact Shane Harshbarger for additional details.

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