Donald McNutt

05/28/1946 — 01/26/2014

From Richland, WA, USA | Born in Livermore, California

Donald McNutt

Donald McNutt, also known as "Sturgeon Don" to family and friends, passed away at home in Richland. His short battle with cancer ended January 26, 2014. He was proud to say that he did all that was asked of him to be able to have a few extra months with his family and close friends.

Don was born May 28, 1946 in Livermore, CA, to Odis and Jewel Dean McNutt. His siblings included two sisters Diane and Jennifer and four brothers Roy, Grady, Danny, and Robert. Don was raised and schooled in Livermore. At 17 he joined the Laborers Union working in heavy construction and home building. In 1974 after 2-1/2 years as an apprentice carpenter, he was proud to become a journeyman carpenter.

Don and Cheryl Campbell were married March 1967 in Livermore, CA, where they resided until moving to Benton City, WA in 1982. They would have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary March 4. Don continued as a journeyman carpenter with Local 59, working in various commercial jobs. He retired January 2012 after many years with Bechtel National at the Vitrification plant.

Don enjoyed quality time with his two grandchildren Addison and Caden by driving them to school each morning after retirement; instructing them on the how to/safety of "yard work"; attending their various sports activities; and the routine sleepovers on weekends. On occasion you could the see these three on a bike ride with Don in the lead, Addison in the middle, and Caden bringing up the rear.

Don's passions were puttering in his yard, constantly tweaking the landscaping; betting on the ponies with his life-long friend Bob Souza and his son-in-law; and in his boat on the Columbia River a short distance from the Columbia Pointe boat launch fishing only for sturgeon. The past several years were fished sometimes it was mostly talk as no fish came home with his dear friends and fishing "buds" Patrick Casey and Kent Bell. The special bond he had with his brother-in-law Monte meant a lot.

Don is survived by his wife Cheryl McNutt; son Scott Rebecca - grandchildren Preston, Roman, and Jonathan; daughter Kim Mark Pettit - grandchildren Addison and Caden; sisters Diane McNutt and Jennifer Thomas; brothers Grady and Robert; brother-in-law Monte Campbell; aunt and uncle June and Dave Montgomery; life-long friends Bob and Linda Souza; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Roy and Danny.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to Traci, Julie, and Chaplain Paul of the Hospice at The Chaplaincy for Don's comfort and wonderful care; and to Dr. Basir Haque, Soumya Donohoe, and oncology nurses Val, Diane, and, Brandy of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice at The Chaplaincy, Kennewick, or the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

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  • My condolences to Cheryl, Kim/Mark and the rest of the McNutt family. I have memories of Don from years ago when I worked at Kaiser, as a fun guy and as I recall he was also quite the character! I know he will be missed by you all.

    patty higginson
    November 4, 2014
    punta, gorda, FL, usa
  • Cheryl, Our depeest condolences to you and your family on Don’s passing.

    We have nothing but fond memories of You and Don.

    Again, we will keep you and yours in our prayers!

    Vince & Mary Kirk
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • Where do we start? We love you and Don and miss him so much already. Our second grade picture is probably the starting place – Don, Bob and Linda. Add Cheryl and that = 4 newly weds, our kids, homes 1/2 block apart, first trip to Hawaii together, lots of parties, Rodeo weekend, babysitting Kim, screaming kids didn’t the 3 of them break Scott’s bed while rough housing and of course the horse races. Some day when we’re all together again we’ll hear him say again “Hey, I’m looking for a winner!”

    Bob and Linda Souza
    November 4, 2014
    Livermore, CA
  • I will so miss not seeing the big smile on Don’s face. He was always so cheerful and fun. Many times he would surprise us at work by showing up with a bag of Spudnuts. Keep the good memories in your heart.

    Judy Zimmerman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, United, States
  • On behalf of all the homeowners in Applewood Estates who knew Don, I would like to give our deepest condolences to Cheryl and Don’s family. Don kept a beautiful yard and was a big supporter of the HOA. On several occasions you could see me standing in front of his home talking with him. He was always encouraging and gave me great advice during some rough times. I will always remember his smile and words of wisdom of always improving Applewood Estates and making it the best it could be.

    Tony Valdez
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA
  • My condolences to Cheryl, Kim/Mark and the rest of the McNutt family. I have memories of Don from years ago when I worked at Kaiser, as a fun guy and as I recall he was also quite the character! I know he will be missed by you all.

    patty higginson
    November 4, 2014
    punta, gorda, FL, usa
  • Cheryl, Our depeest condolences to you and your family on Don’s passing.

    We have nothing but fond memories of You and Don.

    Again, we will keep you and yours in our prayers!

    Vince & Mary Kirk
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • Where do we start? We love you and Don and miss him so much already. Our second grade picture is probably the starting place – Don, Bob and Linda. Add Cheryl and that = 4 newly weds, our kids, homes 1/2 block apart, first trip to Hawaii together, lots of parties, Rodeo weekend, babysitting Kim, screaming kids didn’t the 3 of them break Scott’s bed while rough housing and of course the horse races. Some day when we’re all together again we’ll hear him say again “Hey, I’m looking for a winner!”

    Bob and Linda Souza
    November 4, 2014
    Livermore, CA
  • I will so miss not seeing the big smile on Don’s face. He was always so cheerful and fun. Many times he would surprise us at work by showing up with a bag of Spudnuts. Keep the good memories in your heart.

    Judy Zimmerman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, United, States
  • On behalf of all the homeowners in Applewood Estates who knew Don, I would like to give our deepest condolences to Cheryl and Don’s family. Don kept a beautiful yard and was a big supporter of the HOA. On several occasions you could see me standing in front of his home talking with him. He was always encouraging and gave me great advice during some rough times. I will always remember his smile and words of wisdom of always improving Applewood Estates and making it the best it could be.

    Tony Valdez
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA