Donald Earl Sundgren
1934-2011
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Donald Earl Sundgren, 77, of Spokane, Wash., passed away Oct. 3, 2011, at age 77.
He was born to Erick and Myrtle Sundgren Jan. 22, 1934, in Spokane.
Don grew up in the Spokane and Sandpoint, Idaho, areas. He spent most of his schooling years in Sandpoint, but graduated from the old Lindbergh High School in 1952 near Spokane.
Don worked at several different jobs after high school then went into the U.S. Army in 1956 where he served in Seattle and on Adak Island. After his military service, he worked for Bendix Field Engineering in England for two years. He then was transferred to several states in the Lower 48, ending up in Fairbanks where he resided for the next 24 years working for Bendix Field Engineering at the Gilmore Tracking Station.
Don then worked two years in Guam before retiring and moving back to the Sandpoint area. He enjoyed traveling, model trains and cars, wood-working and gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Beverly Self; and his brother, Wayne Sundgren.
Don is survived by his wife, Ann Sundgren; children, Donald Jr., Adam and Misty; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Spokane on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 7, 2011.
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October 25, 2011
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Donald E. Sundgren for loss, to honor his service to our country and our patriotic hero.
October 13, 2011
To Ann and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers! Uncle Don, you will be greatly missed. I'm glad I really got to know you while on Guam.I remember you made the best pizza ever! Tell my Dad hi for me! Love ya! Jewel
The Posyluzny's
October 12, 2011
Don was a good man. He was a manager, I was a shop steward. We had differences of opinion, but he was a straight arrow, and I appreciated him. He also helped me, when I had difficulty finding information I needed. My sympathy to his family. I was honored to know him, a good man!
Dan Wells, Fairbanks
Dan Wells
October 12, 2011
May the "peace of God"(Philipians 4:6,7) be yours as the family copes with such a difficult loss. My prayers are with you.
L. Jackson
October 11, 2011
Don was one of the fondest boss' I ever had in my entire working life. I was not truly equipped to do the job that there was to do at Gilmore Tracking Station but Don hand fed me and I over came most of my fears. There is no way that I can put into words what a real leader he was and a friend right along with that leadership. God Bless you Ann and I will Pray that one day we will meet in Heaven and spend a few weeks talking all those times over.
Art Livermore
October 10, 2011
May the God of all comfort be with you during this time of sadness.
October 8, 2011
Our deepest sympathy, Ann to you and your children, Don was a pleasure to know. May your beautiful memories bring comfort to you in the days ahead and your faith in the Lord bring you peace. We are on the road, near Omaha, NE as I write this. See you in the spring and we are keeping you in our prayers. God Bless. Chuck and AnnaMae Luther
AnnaMae Luther
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