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Donald R. Orton

September 10, 1928 ~ December 1, 2021 (age 93)


Donald (Don) Rollin Orton passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Don was born September 10, 1928, in Pendleton, Oregon to Beecher Basil and Sopha (Fikan) Orton. He was raised in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High school with the class of 1946. He served in the U. S. Navy and returned home to marry Donna Mae Arkell on September 11, 1949. Don began an apprenticeship with the Sheetmetal Workers Local Union 66 on December 19, 1950, and received recognition for his 60 years in the union. In 1975 he began training to become an apprentice instructor. During the years he attended four instructor training courses sponsored by Ohio State University, and taught apprentices the tricks of the trade. In retirement he spent many hours working with wood and making beautiful Intarsia pieces. One piece he made is located at Tum-A-Lum Lumber yard. He then began working with copper and other metals. He loved his golden retrievers Lucy and Katy. He was known for his storytelling and pranks, always in good fun. Don is survived by his daughter Chris Gilmore and husband Pat of Anchorage, Alaska and their children Kelly of Tacoma, Washington and Casey of Anchorage, Alaska; his daughter Julie Byers and husband Joe Byers of Pendleton, Oregon, their children Traci (Brandon) of West Linn, Oregon (grandsons Orion and Skylar); and his grandchildren Tom Orton (Jodee) and their children Kallee and Drew (Boone) and Kaleb of Westport, Washington; Brock (Seagra) and their children Reef and Coral of Westport, Washington and BreAnn Orton of Olympia, Washington. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, his parents, his sister Delores, his brother Ivan, his son Brad and Brad’s wife, Brandi. Memorial contributions may be made to PAWS, 517 SW 3rd, Pendleton, Oregon

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Graveside Service
December 10, 2021

2:00 PM
Olney Cemetery, Oregon, Pendleton

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