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Donald R. Coon

April 6, 1926 - October 16, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father on October 16, 2018.  Donald R. Coon went to be with the love of his life Naomi Jeanne.  He was born on April 6, 1926 and lived in Salem all of his life.  Donald served in the Army Air Force Corps in World War II as a Flight Engineer.  After his Honorable Discharge from the Corps, he attended Portland State College with a major in Business Administration. 
Donald’s career in construction started by building homes in the Candelaria area.  Later, he joined his cousin Robert Morrow as his superintendent in commercial construction.  They constructed many buildings all across Oregon.  Donald’s passions were family, elk hunting and playing cards.
Donald is survived by Donald I. Coon (Barbara), Kathleen Coon, Michael Erb (Mindy), Delbert Erb, Pamela Heyman (John) and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Donald was preceded in death by Linda Richards. 
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. 


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I didn’t have to luck to know Donald.   I am sorry I didn’t have that chance.   I work with his granddaughter Nichol and she is the most amazing person.     I have to think some of Donald’s kindness and dedication was passed down to Nichol—for that I am thankful.