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Nov 30, 2012
Don Adamson, 90 passed away after a long life filled with love, purpose, adventure, and generosity to others. Born in Visalia, CA he grew up around agriculture and developed a superb work ethic and technical curiosity. Don started his
military career working weekends in the US National Guard before graduating from Visalia Union High school which gave him the experience to serve in World War II as a First
Lieutenant in the Army. After discharge from the war, Don returned to Visalia, began his career at Southern California Edison, and married the love of his life Marie. He remained active in the California National Guard until retiring as a Major after 20 years of service. In 1959 Don moved to Altadena where he retired in 1982 as Chief Protection Engineer after 36 years with Edison. Don was a fan of sport as an excellent marksman, avid bowler, and senior golf champion. He was also well cultured as a world traveler of over 100 countries, a collector of foreign art, and a skilled woodworker. He stayed active after retirement with investing, charity, and tax filing assistance to others through AARP.
Don will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by: his sister-in-law, Janet Herben (sp); his children Elaine Whitaker, and Charles and Karyn Adamson; his grandchildren, Jason Whitaker, Donna Gemperle, Candice Van Leeuwen, and Bryan Adamson; and great-grandson William Van Leeuwen. Don is predeceased by his wife of 58 years Marie Carol Bernays Adamson.
Services will be presented by the National Guard Friday, March 15, 11AM at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518, with a celebration of life reception to follow.
Donations in memory of Don can be sent to one of Don and Marie's favorite charities. For a list of charities or additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Mar. 3, 2013