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Don passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014, at the age of 81 from a stroke on December 31, 2013.
Don was born at home to Lee and Charlotte Spriggs in McCune, Kansas.
His family moved in 1946 to Seattle, Washington, where Don went to Highline High School from 1947 to 1949 and at the age of 17 joined the Marine Corps.
He helped in the capture of Seoul, Korea, in 1950. In 1951, he participated in an amphibious raid against North Korea forces at Sorye-dong and against enemy forces in South and Central Korea.
Don sustained severe head injuries while in the Marine Corps, which led to his diagnosis in 2005 of dementia, seizures and strokes.
After his discharge in 1957, he met and married his life partner, Bonnie. They lived in the Seattle and South King County area from 1957 to 1994 and moved to Sequim after Don retired from Associated Grocers.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and their three children, John, Debbie and Ron (Tami); nine grandchildren, Amber, Josh, Crystal, Zach, Kyle, Kris, Chandra, Charlene and Chasia; seven great-grandchildren, Christian, Pypier, Meghan, Zoe, Nikki, Landon and little Patrick; brother Marvin Spriggs; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley.
A funeral service will be held for Don at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, at Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel, 108 West Alder Street in Sequim, with a reception to follow at the American Legion Hall, 107 East Prairie Street, Sequim.
A private burial will take place at Sequim View Cemetery.
Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel
108 W Alder St PO Box 297
Sequim, WA 98382
Published in The Peninsula Daily News from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2014