Don died March 18, 2005, at home in Yelm, Washington. After graduating from Winthrop High School, he jumped at North Cascades one season before entering the Navy where he served two tours in Viet Nam as a medic. After his tour of duty, he worked for the USFS as a backcountry fire guard before moving to Alaska where he met his wife, Marilyn. They later moved to Yelm where he was a supervisor for Lyle Moving and Storage Company in Tacoma.
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