Donald E. Cessnun

Born: Mon., Sep. 24, 1928
Died: Thu., Dec. 27, 2012


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Fri., Jan. 04, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary


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Donald E. Cessnun, a resident of Pendleton, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, at his home in Pendleton.  He was 84 years old.  A Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 4, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel.  Memorial contributions in his memory may be directed to either the American Cancer Society, or to the American Heart Association, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.  Send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Cessnun was born September 24, 1928, in Baker, Oregon.  He was he son of John and Mabel (Cannon) Cessnun.  As a young child he moved with his family to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he attended schools and graduated from high school.  After high school, he attended college at Eastern Oregon College of Education in La Grande, Oregon, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and later his Master’s Degree in Education.  After college he taught for four years in Forest Grove, Oregon.  He married Pauline E. Gragg on June 25, 1950.  The couple moved to Pendleton in 1958.  While here Mr. Cessnun had taught at the Pendleton Jr. High School for over 30 years.  While teaching, he also coached basketball, baseball, football and golf. 

He greatly enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing as well as spending time with his family and friends.  He had been a member of the Pendleton Elks Lodge and the Pendleton Country Club for many years. 

Mr. Cessnun is survived by; a daughter Kathi Dempsey and son-in-law Kimball Dempsey of Austin, Texas, two sisters, Marybelle Reeder of Oregon City, Oregon, and Margaret Mundale of Boise, Idaho, two grandchildren, Matthew Dempsey of Tempe, Arizona, and Taryn Senior of Katy, Texas, and two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Evelyn Senior also of Katy, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pauline, four brothers; Earl, Clarence, Jack and James Cessnun, and one sister, Betty Saunders.

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