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Donald M. Van Doren Sr


1917 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Donald M. Van Doren Sr., 92, of Alamogordo, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2010, in Alamogordo.
Donald was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to Raymond J. and Cora (Wallace) Van Doren.
At the age of five, Don moved to El Paso with his parents and siblings. He was educated while working countless jobs through the 1920s and the Great Depression years. He graduated from the Texas College of Mines (UTEP) with a degree in metallurgical engineering and married his beloved wife, Doris Ferguson.
He worked at Darbyshire Steel in El Paso, and during the war years he built ships at Kaiser Steel in southern California. Don and Doris returned to El Paso, where they educated and married off all of their children.
Don had a 20-year career at W.R. Weaver in El Paso and Doris had a 20-year career teaching in southern New Mexico schools.
After retirement, there was time for other activities, continuing education and libraries. While Doris was very publicly fundraising for libraries, Don was "supersonic flying under the radar" in direct support of his wife's noble passion.
Survivors include his son Donald Van Doren Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Mayhill; Daughters Karen Hasslinger and her husband, James, of Bellfair, Wash., and Doreen Tischler and her husband, Lyle, of Round Rock, Texas; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris, who passed away in November 2001; his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Gardens of the Valley in Santa Teresa, with Pastor Chuck Moon officiating.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Doris Van Doren Regional Library, 551 E. Redd Road, in El Paso or to any physical or online library.
The Van Doren family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 3 to Apr. 5, 2010
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