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08/25/1933 — 10/13/2021
From Richland Wa
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Donald K. Bailey, 88 years old, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 13, 2021, from a broken heart, shortly after his wife died two months earlier.
Don is survived by his daughters, Deb Severin and Diane Bailey; grandchildren, Nicole Cartillar, Steve Severin, Ciara Orrell and Gjovalin Ndoj; great-grandsons, Connor Perryman and Riley Leidel; sisters-in-law, Connie Anderson and Carol Barden; and pet, Tara.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Christine, and beloved granddaughter Valerie Cartillar-Ndoj.
Don was born on August 25, 1933, the only child to Donald and Mildred Bailey. After high school graduation he enrolled in the US Navy Reserves, went on active duty, and was transferred to Annapolis Severn River Naval Command where midshipmen were trained for preflight checkout in sea planes. Following his service, Don held many management positions and his last position was at Hanford as a respected manager of Fabrication, PUREX, UO3, and B-Plant. Don retired in 1994.
He met the love of his life, Christine, and they were married on February 24, 1962. We found a note Christine had written to Don:
“I just want you to know I love you more than ANYTHING else in the whole wide world. You are my reason for being, being what you ask, for being here, for being me for being anything! You are my reason. I love you.”
He would want to be remembered as a private man and a man of few words but when he spoke – you listened, his integrity did not allow him to sugar coat anything and you always got the truth, his vehicles were always impeccable – sometimes you could slide off the leather seat as they were cleaned with Armor All, he could fix anything, he loved watching Raiders football, loved taking care of all the dogs he had over the years, making squirrel houses for the squirrels in his birch trees and feeding them, and going on camping trips. One family tradition we have is taking a photo with Santa hats at Christmas and he especially loved wearing the Santa hat for the family picture, not! It’s a guarantee his family will wear the Santa hats this year at Christmas in honor of Don and Chris.
But more importantly he will be remembered and respected for his commitment, time and the love he gave to his family because he always said and lived, “family is everything.” His love, patience, understanding, and wisdom will live on inside us forever. He gave his family gifts that are more precious than anything in this world, and for all that he gave, he was loved fiercely by his family and will be missed the rest of our days.
Everyone that remembers Don is asked to celebrate Don’s life in their own way, raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory, would be appropriate.
Einan’s at Sunset Gardens will be assisting the family with a private service.
Don was a stand up man. I worked for him at Hanford. He was always honest and always had your back. A mentor and a good friend
So sorry to read of Don’s passing. I worked with him when I was at Westinghouse and always enjoyed my time with him. He will be missed for a very long time.
Don. Hope you never forget how much your family loves you. You were my brother in law but also a mentor, friend and at times confidant. Trusted, rock solid and lots of fun over so many years. My sister loved you to the moon and back and I thank you for returning that love to her. I will sorely miss our long distance phone calls with Chris on the reciever and you shouting from your chair in the background….always fun and laughs. Safe passage Don and much love for you and my sis always.
Dad, you were the greatest man I have ever known in my life. You taught me how to love and be loved. My mind swirls with memories of large and simple moments and these treasures flash before my eyes fill my heart with so much love for you. I remember when we were traveling home from work and I had given blood that day and you asked me what my blood type was. I said, A Positive and you replied, “I always knew you were an A Plus.” You expressed your love and appreciation to me over the years, but more recently after Mom died. It was an honor to help you and be there for you with Tara. Tara is missing you when we go to the house. She bounds up the stairs, takes a sharp left and looks for you in your chair. But you are now at peace with Jesus, Mom, Valerie, and Nanny and Papa. I will miss you the rest of my days. Thank you for giving me a happy life and ALWAYS being there. Hugs Dad xoxo