- 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.
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.
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
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.
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