Donald Kendall Peck

Born: Thu., Jan. 3, 1924
Died: Mon., Sep. 8, 2014

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Sep. 20, 2014
Location: Hermiston Cemetery

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Donald Kendall Peck


January 3, 1924 – September 8, 2014


Donald Kendall Peck of Pendleton passed away in Pendleton, Oregon, on September 8, 2014 at the age of 90.

Don was born January 3, 1924, in Heppner, Oregon, to Burton Haskell & Myra Francis Peck.  He grew up on a ranch between Heppner and Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1943.  Upon graduation he attended Radio School in Pendleton and two months later enlisted in the Army Air Forces.  He reached the rank of Sergeant where he proudly served on a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator as a tail gunner in the Pacific.  After being discharged in 1945 he worked for several electrical shops.  He married Alice Geer of Hermiston and they had two children, Sharon (Peck) Brown and Donald Peck.  He began a longtime career as an electrician working for Zepher Electric in Pendleton, Georgia-Pacific in Pilot Rock and finally as a partner in F.C. Wood Company in Hermiston.  During this time he sold State Farm Insurance, Provident Life Insurance, Standard Life Insurance and owned a farm in Pilot Rock, and later, one in Hermiston.  Being an electrician, farmer and insurance salesman helped him provide well for his wife and family.  Upon leaving the electrical business he became a contractor and owned a roofing business in the Hermiston area until retiring in the early 90’s.  In the mid-sixties at the urging of friends, he built and maintained a quarter mile paved asphalt race car track in Pilot Rock called the Rocket Speedway.  Races were first held during the day and later during the night, under lights with crowds ranging from 600 to as many as 1400 spectators.  He brought in sky divers, CAMRA modifieds, racing go-karts and Joe Primm’s Pikes Peak hill climb car as added attractions for the spectators. 

Don’s wife passed away in 2002 and in 2007 he moved to Pendleton to be closer to family.  He loved to hunt, fish, cut fire wood, collect coins and stamps and do wood working and wood carving.  He was a member of the Pilot Rock Jaycees, Pendleton Elk’s Lodge, VFW, NRA, Tri-Cities Wood Carvers and a member of the Pilot Rock and later the Hermiston Presbyterian Church. He grew up working hard and continued to do so until his retirement.  His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will miss him and his “can do” approach to life. 

Don is survived by a brother, George “Bud” Peck and Joan Peck of Pendleton, a daughter Sharon (Peck) Brown and Larry Brown of Troy, Montana, Donald Peck and Debby Peck of Pendleton, Oregon, four grandchildren: Christopher W. Maret, Dustan C. Maret, Julie (Peck) Rendon and Jackie (Peck) Garton, and 10 great grand children.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and his loving wife of over 50 years, Alice. 

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Hermiston Cemetery on September 20, 2014, at 2:00 PM.  The family asks that contributions be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, and sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Sign the online condolence book  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.  

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Roland and Karen
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
Don and family, so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Fri September 19, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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