June 8, 1944 - May 17, 2016
Don died at home in Salem on May 17, 2016. Born in Washington, D.C. his parents Roy and Elizabeth were both government employees during WWII. He is survived by his wife Kay, his brother John Judy and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Don graduated from Centralia High in Washington, was a musician in Seattle; then joined the Navy in 1964. After surviving Viet Nam and a year in a VA hospital, he returned to his first love – airplanes.
He had built model planes as a child; and went on to learning to pilot and repair aircraft and finally became a certified flight instructor. It was during this time, while working at the Astoria Airport that he met his wife kay while giving her sister’s boyfriend a flying lesson. Don and Kay married in 1974 and lived in California for 30 years. During that time he became as electronic technician, continued flight instruction and building and flying model airplanes. His childhood dream became reality upon owning his own TriPacer.
Don and Kay moved to Salem in 2004 after their retirement. He became more interested in computers and the internet, making friends around the world in gaming platforms and virtual worlds.
There will be a memorial service at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Kay thanks Willamette Valley Hospice for their continuous support during his illness. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in his name to Southern Poverty law Center, P.O. Box 548, Montgomery, AL 36101 or to Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd St. NW, Salem, OR 97304.