January 17, 1949 – January 15, 2018
Don was born in Clarkston, Wash., to Raymond and Marcia Vowell. As described by Don, he and his siblings, Chuck, Anita, and Elizabeth had an “Ozzie and Harriet” upbringing. After a brief jaunt to Japan to play in a rock and roll band and a bit longer in Seattle to attend classes at UW, he moved to Spokane where he met his future bride, Nancy. They moved to Unalaska, AK where he began his 32 year postal career. Eventually they moved to Port Orchard, WA and on to Keizer, OR where they settled down and raised their two beloved and adored children, Hannah and Schuyler. Over all else, he was extremely proud of his family.
Don never outgrew being the class clown. His keen and wacky wit was a source of entertainment to all. His love of music and photography also spilled over into others’ lives. His eye for beauty ran deep. He went through life with joy and even when Pulmonary Fibrosis took hold, he was determined to remain true to himself. He will be missed by many.
A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church on Marion Street, February 17, at 2:00pm. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.