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Donald Richard Causey

July 9, 1943 - August 24, 2016







Don was born to Carl and Ruby Causey in Portland, Oregon, moving to Salem during middle school years.  He passed away on August 24 with his daughter and son holding his hands.  Don left behind his daughter Tina and son Darrin (Sigi) and 3 grandsons Zach, Jack and Joey.  His energy and generosity will be missed by his family and many friends.
 
Don attended North Salem High School where he exceled at football and baseball.   He received a scholarship to the University of Oregon, where his football career was cut short by injury.  He is still talked about as one of the best football players ever to come out of the Salem area.  After college he moved back to Salem and started a lifelong career in the construction industry.
 
Don was an avid hunter and fisherman in his early years and later, took that energy to the golf course.  He enjoyed the winter sun and golf of Palm Springs where he would hone his game in order to make sure he would not lose golf games to his son, grandsons and friends.  He took his competitive drive from the football field to the golf course, and he would rarely play without a bet of some kind on the line.  He was famous for his one line comments and those will be forever in the hearts and memories of his close friends and family.
 
An informal celebration of life is planned for Sunday, September 11th, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Creekside Golf Club, 6250 Clubhouse Dr. SE.  Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. 
  

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Don was an extremely kind & wonderful man. His laughter & bright smile would lighten up anyone's day. We were blessed to know Don and lucky to call him a friend. You will be missed by all Don.