February 5, 1926 Ė
July 12, 2010
Don was born to Jack and
Meral Teeters, he grew up in Mehama, Oregon and resided there
until 2000. He went to school at Mehama Grade, Stayton
High and Oregon State University, and attended the Mehama Church
most of his life. Don
joined the Army Air Corps to become a pilot; however, the war
ended shortly thereafter and he was not able to fulfill that
dream, but was proud to have served his country during World War
II. He was employed
at Stout Creek Lumber in Mehama as a sawyer.
In 1953, Don married
Gayle McDonald Brown Ė he had a son and she had three sons. Don loved the outdoors and hiked into many secluded areas to
fish and hunt, and to teach the boys and their friends everything
he knew about nature and the stars.
He could name every constellation, mountain and lake known
to man, and could find a secluded hunting or fishing spot that not
been discovered until the Teetersí boys happened upon it.
He loved nature and knew every plant, tree and weed that
grew in the Oregon forest.
When Don retired he and
Gayle made many memorable trips across the United States in their
motor home, but were always glad to be home in Oregon.
They moved to the Salem Green Mobile Park where Don became
active in the neighborhood community projects and attended the
Salem First Church of the Nazarene.
He loved to golf with his buddies, and until he had heart
surgery this last January, each morning he rode his bicycle to the
clubhouse to exercise and participate in the menís coffee.
After lunch he would ride back to the clubhouse to play
pool, cards and weekly bingo.
When his bike was stolen, the clubhouse group surprised him
with a new bike, which touched him so.
Don never recovered from his surgery and battled one
infection after the other, which finally took his life.
Donís favorite love in
life was for his family. He
leaves behind his loving wife Gayle of 56 years; sonís Dennis
(Linda), Doug (Vicki) and Bruce (Sandy); grandchildren Troy,
Donald, Theresa, Shane, Casey, Aretha, Amber and Ryan; sister
Susee; 12 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and
many nieces and nephews. He
is preceded in death by his parents; sisterís Dorothy and
Marjory; son Harold and grandson Brandon.
At Donís request,
there will be a private family service.
He will be laid to rest at the Fox Valley Cemetery in
The family extends their
gratitude to the staff at the Evergreen Windsor Health & Rehab
Center for the wonderful care he was given, and also to Hospice
for his final days.
In lieu of flowers, the
family suggests contributions be made to the building fund of the
Salem First Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market Street, Salem, OR
97301, or to Hospice of Salem.