Donald Albin Ambur
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Donald Albin Ambur, 88, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 30, 2013, surrounded in his family's loving embrace in Portland, OR. He was born January 22, 1925 in Canton, S.D., to Albin and Grace Ambur.
As a young man, he was involved with his family's farming. In 1950, he enlisted in the Air Force and was based in San Antonio, TX. During a Christmas leave, Don's sister introduced him to her husband's sister and it was love at first sight. Eight months later, on August 14, 1952, he married the love of his life, Avis Mahala Face. Their almost 61 year marriage is a love story and an inspiration that their children and grandchildren will cherish forever. Married life began in Texas but soon moved back to the farmlands around Beresford, S.D.
Their first daughter was born in Texas and the next three were born in South Dakota. In 1961, Don moved to Yuma, AZ to begin his 30-year career in farm management with Bruce Church, Inc. It was in Yuma that his son was born. The Ambur family still holds such fond memories of the years they spent in Yuma.
In 1974, Don was asked by Bruce Church to move to Salinas, where the main headquarters of the company was located. After enjoying many years in Salinas, Don and Avis decided, in 1991, they were ready to retire, travel, enjoy their growing number of grandchildren and time with each other. Retirement relocated them to Portland, OR.
Don was a farmer at heart, a handyman, a problem solver and a passionate fisherman. He was a leader in his work and volunteer work, and had a tender heart for all children. To his family, he was their rock. His consistency, devotion and love taught his children and his grandchildren so many lessons on how to live a good, honest, honorable and hardworking life and especially how to love and how to love the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Gilbert and Willard; and his sister, Ellenore.
He is survived by his brother, Robert Ambur; his dear sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and 21 nieces and nephews, and his beloved children and 11 grandchildren: Melody Bowling and her children, Nicholas Bowling, Brianne and Garett Hall and Whitney Bowling; Dona Barker and her husband, Dale and their children, Kaitlin and Rob Barker Davis and Amy and Andy Broadsword; Robin Bowman and her husband, Randy and their children, Leslie and Sara Bowman; Jody Nestell and her husband, Howard and their children, Blake and Hayley Nestell; Todd Ambur and his children, Davis and Camryn Ambur.
Foremost, he is survived by Avis, his everything.
Published in The Salinas Californian on Aug. 3, 2013