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11/19/1933 — 05/15/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Williams, Montana
Celebration of Life
Richland, WA 99352
Richland, WA 99352
Don was born to Margaret and Lester DuVon on November 19, 1933, in the state of Montana. The family moved quite a bit during Don’s childhood. But he always cherished the time he spent living in Wisconsin with his mom’s family.
Don entered the Navy as a teenager. He spent his military years on a naval Destroyer ship in the Korean War. He was very proud to have served his country, and he had many stories to tell of his time in the Navy.
After the military, he moved to Richland, WA with his dad Lester DuVon and married Jacqueline Hanek. He and Jackie had three children. Douglas Keith (deceased 2015), Deborah Jo, and Donna Leslie.
Don and Jackie were married for 57 years until her death on February 7, 2013.
Don worked in Stores AKA ITT FEDERAL SERVICES and for Exxon Nuclear as a Material coordinator & parts buyer. In the early years of their marriage, Don and Jackie owned a janitorial service where many of the Richland High School Bombers worked part-time jobs.
Early in his retirement Don and Jackie enjoyed their grandchildren, traveling and antiquing all over the country. Don had many hobbies. He belonged to a photography club. And he was an avid photographer (as evidenced by the hundreds of photo albums full of photos that he took documenting family and life.)
Don also was a collector of old tools and other antiques. He enjoyed his membership in a tool club.
Don loved motorcycles and was treasurer for the Hill and Gully motorcycle club. Most of his commutes to and from his job at Exxon Nuclear were made on his motorcycle.
After he retired, Don enjoyed flower gardening and he designed and built a greenhouse.
Don also enjoyed watching the many different birds that visited his backyard, especially his favorite the Golden Finch. He made sure his bird feeders were never empty.
Don had many great friends. Some friendships spanned the decades up to 70yrs. He got together with his friends on Wednesday and Sunday mornings for breakfast.
Don was kind, and knowledgeable about many subjects. He enjoyed reading to continue learning. He was funny and loved a good laugh and smiled frequently. He also believed in doing good deeds no matter the time or cost.
Don is survived by his 2 daughters (Debbie Galpin and Donna DuVon). His many grandchildren: Jeff, Rachel, Jordan, Britany, Joshua, and JP. As well as his great-grandchildren. He was loved and his smile and friendship will be missed.
Don has been Kerry and my friend since 1984 when we first met yard selling in Dayton wa. Don and others started Tool Time Tuesday and we met monthly. Don loved antique tools and with our wives. we loved going to the Best in the West Tool Shows in Portland or Seattle. Don and I had fun building stairs up to his shop loft. We did a number of projects together including a cradle for a new young family member. Don was a generous man also. We exchanged Christmas gifts for years. He also loved pie at Shari’s weekly. I never had the pleasure of knowing Don in his Bad Harley Dude days. Don was a ( one of a kind guy ) who everybody respected and loved. I will truly miss Don.
My condolences Donna. You will miss him, but will have your memories of your visits.
RIP Uncle Don. Your kindnesses and ability to be a foundational figure fior the the entire extended family was appreciated more than words can a press. Your legacy will live on in your surviving family! Much love and respect, Kurt