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Donald W. Nash
October 20, 1938 - August 14, 2020

Stayton - Don was born October 20, 1938 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Walter and Inez Nash. Raised in a rural town, he attended a one room schoolhouse. He learned farming and equipment operation at a young age. After graduating high school, he made the decision to move to Alaska where he became a heavy equipment operator. There, in 1966, he met and married his wife, Sue. They started their own excavating business and participated in pioneering the haul road that carried equipment, supplies and food to the men working on the Alaska Pipeline. While in Alaska, he raced snowmobiles and stock cars. In 1977 they sold the business and moved to Stayton, Oregon where he farmed for eight years.

Don had a passion for Harleys, hotrods and horses. Donís hobbies included rebuilding cars and helping his four daughters with 4-H horse projects as well as participating in the Sublimity Harvest Festival where his daughters were successful at being the first female winners of both the tractor and truck pull. He was also an avid gun collector. Don was a hard worker and always ready to help his neighbors and others who needed a hand.

When Don retired, he bought his dream motorcycle and became an active member in the ABATE club where he founded and led the Chilly Buns Run, which is still active and growing after 12 years. In 2010, Don made the pilgrimage to Sturgis with old friends!

Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue, sister Corrine, daughters, Kelly, Jennifer (Jay), Christina and Carey as well as his four grandsons, Jacob, Joel, Jared and Peter. Don will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests donations be made in his honor to St. Judeís Childrenís Hospital. Visitation will be Friday, August 21 from 9 am - 4 pm at North Santiam Funeral Service in Stayton. Graveside service will be Saturday, August 22, at 2:00 pm at Wisner Cemetery in Stayton.
 

 
 

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