Stayton - Donald C.
“Don” Nielson died October 3, 2012 at the home of his daughter
Connie Nielson, from metastatic prostate cancer.
He was 84.
Don was born in Forest Grove
on November 11, 1927 and grew up in Forest Grove and Detroit,
Oregon, until his family moved to Stayton in 1943.
After graduation from Stayton High School, he enlisted in
the U. S. Army and served in the Philippines during the post-war
his discharge in 1947, he met Luella Mary Basl on a blind date.
They married in 1948 and began farming on Fern Ridge, where
they raised strawberries, corn, green beans, zucchini, grass seed
and their family of nine children.
Don served on the boards of
Wilco and NORPAC, where he was board chairman for eight years, and
he was a past recipient of the Stayton Chamber of Commerce Ag Star
of the Year award. Don
was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather, a part-time
logger, an avid elk hunter, a lifelong parishioner at Immaculate
Conception Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the
Catholic Order of Foresters.
Don was preceded in death by
his parents James “Bill” and Agnes (Herb) Nielson, his wife of
45 years Luella, his son Jim, his sister Mary Lou Geil, and his beloved
canine companion Bud. He
is survived by wife Henrietta Nielson, Stayton; sons Mike (Lisa)
Nielson and Dave (Maryann) Nielson of Stayton; daughters Sharon
(Denny) Barnes, Connie Nielson, Kathy (John) Kaczynski and Janis
(Paul) Anderson of Stayton , Judy (Glen) Hayden of Salem, and
Chris (Mike) Christensen of Albany; brothers Tom (Rosie), Ed (Aletha)
and Roger Nielson; sister Nancy (Richard) Hartmann; his aunt
Dorothy Nielson; and 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and
numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express
their heartfelt thanks for the spiritual and physical care
provided Don by Father Ed of Immaculate Conception Church, Drs.
John Strother, David Foster and David Elmgren, physician’s
assistant Trina, Dr. John Gurnee and the many kind nurses at First
Call Home Health, and nurse John Conner of Willamette Valley
Viewing will be from 3pm-7pm
Monday at North Santiam Funeral Service. A vigil will be held Monday,
October 8 at 5:30 p.m., and Mass of Christian Burial will be
Tuesday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m., both at Immaculate Conception
Church in Stayton. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery,
followed by a luncheon reception at Anthony Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Regis
Green and Gold Auction and the tuition assistance programs at
Regis High School and St. Mary Catholic School, Stayton. Serving
the family, North Santiam
Funeral Service, Stayton.