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Donald L. Teeters
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 Lyons, OR.

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.

 

 


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