Donald D. Kendall

Born: Sat., Apr. 16, 1960
Died: Tue., Jul. 22, 2014

Lunch Following Service

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 26, 2014
Location: Ukiah Cemetery

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Donald D. Kendall

April 16, 1960 – July 22, 2014


Donald (Don) D. Kendall, 54, of Pendleton, Oregon passed away July 22nd, 2014 on the job.

Don was born on April 16, 1960 in Nyssa, Oregon, to Calvin and Donna Kendall.  Don moved with his family to Ukiah, Oregon as a young boy and graduated from Ukiah High School in 1979. Don met the love of his life, Karen Schultz, while attending BMCC and they married in 1981.  Don and Karen had 33 wonderful years together and raised two beautiful girls, Andrea and Candi, in Ukiah.

Don loved his family and friends and the best times were the times he shared with them.  He was a skilled craftsman and could operate any piece of equipment put in front of him.  He logged in his early years; learning the trade from his Dad. Don began his long career with ODOT as a highway maintenance specialist and loved working for them throughout his 30-year career. Don was a ‘mountain man’ and hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and spending time in the ‘woods’ gave him some of his greatest pleasures. Don also loved being on the road with his biker family and growing fruits and vegetables for his family and friends. He took great pride in his girls and loved being a grandfather. 

Don is preceded in death by his daughter, April, his parents, Calvin and Donna Kendall, his brothers Joe Kendall and Dan Kendall and his sister, Tina.

Don is survived by his wife, Karen Kendall of Pendleton; his daughter Andrea (Jesus) Armenta of Mill City; his daughter Candace (Shane Hart) Kendall of Pendleton; granddaughter Lylah Hart of Pendleton; sisters Mary Jones of John Day; Rachel Kendall of Condon; Becky Billings of Ukiah; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Ukiah Cemetery, Ukiah, Oregon at 11:00 am. A potluck to follow at Don and Karen’s residence at 1 pm.  Leave condolences for the family online at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements. 

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Jeff & Donna Biggerstaff
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
We are blessed to have been touched in our lives by sharing in the life of a friend who had such character and integrity, who loved his family beyond words and always made his friends smile and feel welcome. A man who worked hard, played hard and loved his family. A man who touched many.
Prayers and blessings to your family Karen. We love you, Jeff & Donna

Patrick O'Grady
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
I know Don through Roundup Athletic Club. Don would always check in with a smile. I will always remember that. He was a great man! My thoughts and prayers are with Karen at this time of need.

Jim Garrard
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
Although I didn't Don personally, I can tell by the information posted and the interview footage that he was a dedicated employee, family man and friend to many.

My condolences and prayers go out to your family in this time of loss and grief and may you find comfort in your memories of Don.

Jim Garrard
Salem, OR

Ronda Eaton
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
I knew Don from the Group Power class at the RAC. I have worked out in that class next to him for many years. He worked all day at ODOT, and then go to 2 work out classes afterwards. He was mostly quiet but was alwalys wearing a smile and when he spoke, it was always kind words. I will forever see him standing in 'HIS' spot in the corner, working out hard always wearing his cap. He will be missed!

Lea and Doug Baxter
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
Karen and Candy and Andrea and family--
We are so sorry... Doug's off on a fire, but his and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Don never failed to wave at me when we'd pass each other on the highway, on my countless trips between home and work in Ukiah. I will miss that.
Lea & Doug

Bill Fletcher
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. My thoughts are with you,

Steve and Peggy Patten
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
Dear Karen and family, we send our love and deepest sympathies your way. We are very sad to hear about Don. We know he was a special person and we feel blessed to have known him. We will keep you in our prayers. Steve and Peggy Patten

Otis Smith
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
So sorry to hear about Don. A good friend will be missed. My thoughts are prayers to the family.

Jude and Bob
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014
Don was one of a kind. To know him was to love him. He will be missed terribly but his spirit lives on in all who were fortunate to share him in our lives. Rest in peace, dear friend, and may God bless and comfort your family.

Jeanne Bennett
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Karen, Andrea, Jesus, Candi, Shane and little Lylah; My heart aches for the grief and loss you are suffering. Don was a wonderful husband, father and gentleman who I counted as one of my dear friends. Hold his memories close to you, speak of him often and keep each other close. My thoughts and prayers will be of you.
Jeanne Bennett

Michael Schindler
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Very sorry to hear about this. I liked Don a lot and grieve for his family.

   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Karen and girls. I am at a loss of words! But God will get you thru this. Love you

Mike Short
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Karen & family, so sorry for your loss, my sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Teresa Veach
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Karen, Andrea, and Candi,

So sad to hear about this. I feel for all of you.

Brett Mueller
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Karen, Candace and family,
I'm so sorry for your terrible loss. Although I haven't seen much of Don for quite a few years, I have nothing but positive memories of him. He was one of those great guys who people just loved to be around, and he will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched. May God grant you peace and comfort as you walk this difficult path.

   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
To karen@family

I am sorry for the loss of don. I like both of you for the short time we new each other. My thoughts
and prayers will be with you and your family.

Jack & Sharon Simons
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014

We are so very sorry for you and your family. Don always had a smile on his face, and all who knew him will miss him terribly. You are in our prayers.

Nancy And Terral Burr
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
karen and family,
know that he is watching over us all...
sending lots of love and prayers your way.
he will be dearly missed.

Dar Brice
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Karen and family,

We are so sorry for your loss.

Although we didn't see Don often after Dar retired, each time we did he was in a good mood and was happy. Don seemed to enjoy life and was a dedicated worker. He will be missed by all those that knew him.

Dar & Sheryl Brice

Blaine Verley
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Karen, Andi, Candi and all who love you: I am so saddened to learn of your loss. I remember Don fondly, as a fierce warrior father and husband, protector and provider for the family he loved more than life. All my condolences to each of you. May God hold you and bless you with the sweetest and best memories, and cover your grieving hearts with his loving kindness. ...I'm sorry...words are so... inadequate at a time like this.
With love and caring...

Colleen Billett (Crawford)
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
Dear Karen & family,

May you feel God's embrace during this time of sorrow. Im so sorry for your loss.

Love a old friend,

Colleen Billett (Crawford)

Ted and Penny Alford
   Posted Fri July 25, 2014
RIP Don, your smile and wave will be missed on our snowy roads of Ukiah.. Our community will not be the same, you have brightened many lives, our prayers and love go out to your family that is left behind.. !!

Juan and Carolyn Erice
   Posted Sat July 26, 2014
Karen and family, We are so saddened and shocked about the loss of your dear Don..We just hope and pray that you will find peace and hope in our Great God and comforter. Our thoughts
and prayers are with you in a special way.Love you

Cindy Kenyon
   Posted Sat July 26, 2014
Today they lay your body to rest. Some in my profession might think of you as a voice at the end of a radio. But to me you are one of my guys, but most of all a friend. I will miss that voice. Rest in peace 12M21.

John & Carmen Liverseidge
   Posted Sat July 26, 2014
We are so saddened to learn of the lose of Don Kendall. We can see the true beauty of his life in the smiles of Andrea.
Please accept our condolences; may our prayers help comfort your loving family and friends.

Shannon Bonney (Franklin)
   Posted Sat July 26, 2014
Karen and Family,

So sorry for your lost. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Averyal Thomas
   Posted Sun July 27, 2014
Have the best of our years on the highway crew. Your friendship was very important to me! Gerald Thomas Extra gang! Pendleton Crew!

Michael Duffy
   Posted Sun July 27, 2014
...what a tragic, tragic shock. ...a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Karen, and your family.

Michael D

Meredith Boyd Mitchell
   Posted Mon July 28, 2014
Karen and family, I am so sad to hear of your loss. I never met Don in person but the pictures and posts I saw on Facebook reflected how devoted he was to his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Brian and Jody Woodell
   Posted Sun August 03, 2014
What a great friend, what a great mentor, what an amazing man! Don will be deeply missed, and yet very much appreciated. I feel very honored to know such a wonderful person. Don will never be forgotten!

D. Anderson
   Posted Wed August 06, 2014
May you be comforted by our God and Father of our Lord, Jehovah. (2 Cor. 1: 3, 4)

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