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.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 7, 2011.