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Donald M. Ford

Donald M. Ford Donald M. Ford, a resident of Lacey for over 55 years, passed peacefully on February 25, 2014. He was born in Toronto, Canada, May 1, 1922, to Maurice Reginald Ford and Myrtle Louise Ford Stipp (nee Eastwood). The family settled in Sterling, IL, in 1927. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1940, attended Shurtleff College until 1943, graduated with a B.S. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1948, and completed two years of graduate study at Univeristy of Wisconsin. In 1943, he was called to active duty in the Army Air Corp and served during WWII in Europe. After the war, he became an Air Force reservist and was called to active service during the Vietnam conflict. He was one of the youngest bomber pilots in WWII and one of the oldest pilots serving in Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Medal for his service in WWII. He was employed by the US Geological Survey in Alaska, by Sunray Oil Company in California, and ended his career as Assistant State Geologist with the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources. He had lifelong interests in scouting, beginning in grade school, including service as District Chairman for the Thurston District. Another lifelong interest was music. Throughout his schooling and as an adult, he participated in various school, church, and Air Force glee clubs. He was active in civic affairs, most notably with fund raising for the construction of Timberland Library in Lacey, WA. He was a life member of the Friends of the Lacey Library. He also served as a volunteer poll worker during elections for many years. He was an outdoor enthusiast and spent many hours boating, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and his son. He was a member of many clubs associated with outdoor sports. In 1944, He married Jeannette Hostetter formerly of Mt. Carroll, IL; she predeceased him in 1997. He is survived by his brother, Neil Ford of Lodi, WI; his children, Charlotte Otto of Plymouth MI, Carolyn Petersen of Midland TX, Russell Ford of West Seattle, WA; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, to the Olympia Symphony, or to any choral groups.


Published in The Olympian on Mar. 20, 2014
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