Donald Eugene Mills

Born: Sat., Nov. 23, 1929
Died: Sat., Feb. 1, 2014

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Mon., Feb. 10, 2014
Location: Weston Cemetery

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Donald Eugene Mills


November 23-1929 – February 1, 2014


Donald Eugene Mills, 84, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Boise VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.  He was born November 23, 1929 in Fallon, Nevada to Annie (King) Mills and Wayne Mills.  He attended schools in Fallon, Nevada, graduating in 1947.

 He was inducted into the Air Force where he spent the next 4 years as a sergeant in the Military Police at Upper Heyford, England, Sculthorpe, England and the Azores Islands.  After being honorably discharged, he joined the Fallon Police Department.  Five years later in 1960, he was appointed Chief of Police.  He retired as Chief in 1979.  While working on the police department, he joined the Fallon Volunteer Fire Department and served there for 19 years, retiring as one of the assistant chiefs.

In 1975, Don married Carol McDaniel in Gardnerville, Nevada.  They moved to Summerville, Oregon in 1983 to raise sheep, to Weston, Oregon in 1992, and finally to Adams, Oregon in 2007. 

Don is survived by his wife Carol, sister Waynette deBraga (Bob) of Corning, California, brother Bob Mills (Bev) of Los Molinos, California, daughters Kim Glover  (Tony) of Weston, Suzi Countryman (JD) of Fallon, Nevada, Debbie Sanders (Bill) of Torrey, Utah, seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  A daughter Stacey, son Robert (Bob), and two sisters, Gloria and Marjorie preceded him in death.

Don will be remembered for his great sense of humor and love for family.  He hunted deer and birds with his brother and father, until he swapped out his rifle and shotguns for cameras.  He enjoyed photography, watercolor painting, drawing, building black powder rifles and working in his garden.  Family campouts were always high on his list of favorites. Don was a ‘Jack of all trades’, could repair almost anything, built 2 homes, 2 barns and many outbuildings.  During his lifetime, he overhauled aircraft engines, was a ranch hand, policeman, fireman, raised sheep, horses and dairy cows.

Services and remembrance will be at Weston Cemetery on Monday, February 10, 2014, at 2 p.m.  Sign the online condolence book at   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, Oregon is in care of arrangements.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Wed February 05, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Bev Bob & Karen Mills
   Posted Wed February 05, 2014
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. He will be so greatly missed. We all have such great memories of so many great family gatherings, and will treasure them always.

Bob and Daryl Olson
   Posted Wed February 05, 2014
Your AFDS buddies will be drinking to you. Your wit, smile, laugh and presence will be missed at the next get together.
Carol , we will be watching over you and your family on Monday. Just sorry we can't be with you.

Bill and Theresa Lawry
   Posted Fri February 07, 2014
We are so sorry to learn about Don's passing. He was a great boss and a great friend. Not to mention a great firefighter and Chief. He will be missed by all who knew him.

John Gaherty
   Posted Tue February 11, 2014
RIP Don...A good man, a good boss and he will be missed but he leaves behind great memories as he made many smile.....Good bye my friend

Miles McDaniel
   Posted Wed February 12, 2014
I just came across this while searching for you folks on Google. Terribly sorry for you loss.

Take Care,

Sherry Nantz
   Posted Fri February 14, 2014
I just heard about Don. He always made me smile and was such a gentle soul. I am so sorry. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Please know that I am here anytime you need anything.

   Posted Sun February 16, 2014
Don Mills was a great Chief of Police in Fallon, NV and will surely be missed by all who had the privilege of working with and for him. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones.

Susan Warren Villa and Patricia Coleman Bajurin
   Posted Mon September 21, 2015
I spoke with Uncle Don about two years ago. Finding my way up in Pendleton I decided to look him up. Google his name for an address and found his obituary. I spent many a summer with him and his first wife in Fallon Nevada. Uncle Don was the epitome of the western cowboy that a little girl from England only saw on the telly

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