Donald Elwood DeFeyter died Aug. 1, 2013, after a brief illness.
Born in Spokane, Wash., Aug. 31, 1931, Don used to spend summers on his family's dryland grain farm on the Horse Heaven Plateau of south central Washington and loved to tell stories of those times. He attended and graduated from Washington State University in 1953 and joined the U.S. Air Force
. He served primarily at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, before returning to Spokane to join his father's business, Power City Electric. The company specialized in heavy electrical system installations - high voltage power lines and institutional/industrial applications.
Don later became owner of Power City, but in the meantime started a family, became an accomplished private pilot, and pursued his love of the outdoors - especially boating, particularly in and around British Columbia. He also loved bird hunting and golf, which was a source of great pleasure and frustration for him.
It was in British Columbia and by way of boating in 2003 that Don met Nancy Coffin, who eventually lured him to the WC Ranch near Merrill. He became a fulltime Klamath Falls/Merrill resident and the two married in 2010. Don immediately became a part of this community, establishing many friendships and joining several community organizations. He was especially dedicated to Rotary International
Don was predeceased by his two sons Jeffrey and David and is survived by daughter Teresa of Tacoma, Wash., and five grandchildren. He also is survived by Nancy and her children Michael Wray (Becki) of Ogden, Utah, Nancy Dey (John) of Klamath Falls/Merrill, Mark Wray (Constance) of Anacortes, Wash., Stephen Wray (Nancy) of North Bend, Wash., Susan Hedges (Monnie) of Ashland, Ore., and Judy Nelson (Peter) of Fall City, Wash., and special friends Filiberto and Maria Arreola of Klamath Falls/Merrill.
A private memorial service will be later in the month at Don's request.
He would especially appreciate donations to the Klamath Rotary Scholarship Foundation and Klamath Hospice.
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