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Donald G. Mclaughlin, Sr.

May 2, 1950 - July 29, 2018

Don is survived by his wife, Kathy, 5 children, Don (Kara) McLaughlin II, Megan (Mitch) Hodges, Karen (Jeff) Grimes, Ryan Anderson and Sara (Richard) Lancaster. 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his identical twin brother Ron (Diana) McLaughlin and 5 sisters Marilyn Davenport, Shirley Fadley, Barbara Jones, Sharon (Dennis) Meinberg and Debi (Craig) Doby. Don is proceeded in death by his mother Florence McLaughlin. 

Don was born in Fairfield, California and spent his childhood years in the Winters, California area, after graduating from Winters High School Don joined the Air Force and served 10 years.  He settled in Oregon, joined the Oregon State Police and retired in 2003 as a Sergeant.  He began a second career with May Trucking Company as a Safety/Compliance manager and retired from there in November of 2017.

Don loved life, spending time with family and just having a great time, he loved to joke and kid, kept his wife in stitches with his jokes and funny ways he said things.

He loved collecting coins, police patches and tie tacs from different police agencies, memorabilia from his tours of duty and golfing when he could.  But most of all he loved his family and friends.  Don had a strong faith in his Lord Jesus Christ.

There won't be a day that goes by that he is not missed.


Don's Celebration of Life will be 2:00pm Monday, August 6th at Salem Evangelical Church (455 Locust St., NE) in Salem.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to:  Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Inc. 



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My brother. The peacemaker, joker and a man to look up too. You left us way too soon but God has a plan for your life.
I love you. Will miss you and I know that your in heaven celebrating with mom and all of our family that has gone before you.
your brother Ronald McLaughlin

I didn’t know Don,  I worked with his brother Ron whom I have a great deal of respect for. Reading about Don and his interests and accomplishments I know doubt I would have called him a friend. My condolences to the Family, I know he will be greatly missed; but also know he is with his savior. May God bless his family and friends.

I didn’t know Don for very long but from having meeting him spending some time with him what I can say is he had a pure heart, his love for his family was true, his faith in Jesus Christ was more then abundant he was a pure soul 

My brother.  Forever in my heart.  I love you and miss you.  Your sis Barbara Jones

A very kind & caring man he was, a wonderful brother-in-law, and a faithful Christian man.  He always showed love and respect to his family and friends.  And of course he was very handsome as he looked identical to my husband Ron.  He will be greatly missed.  Until we meet again...

Don was a much loved member of the May Trucking Company family.  We were blessed to have him with us, and we feel his absence daily.