An area icon of broadcasting has passed away. Rhea County and Dayton, Tennessee native Don Welch passed away this morning (Sunday, October 15, 2017) after a battle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. Family members say Welch passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and in the care of hospice. Welch first appeared in broadcasting at WDXB radio in Chattanooga in the 1960’s as a news reporter and disc jockey. Welch then worked for more than four decades in local television, starting at NBC affiliate WRCB in the early 1970’s. He joined WTVC in Chattanooga in 1975 as the station’s weatherman. In the 1980’s, his career included stops at WDEF, WGOW radio and WTVF in Nashville. In 1990, Welch returned to WTVC to host the weekday morning show “Good Morning Don,” which soon became “Good Morning Chattanooga.” Welch’s career spanned 52 years.