Donald Best

05/05/1935 — 02/09/2024

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Yakima, WA

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Donald Best

Donald Leon Best was born on May 5th, 1935, in Yakima, Washington and passed away on Friday, February 9th, 2024, in Kennewick, Washington at the age of 88 years old. Donald will forever be remembered as a loving husband and deeply involved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Growing up on Little Rattlesnake Creek, Donald helped his father cut wood to sell, and often found himself hunting and fishing, forming a passion that only grew. In his adolescent years, Donald moved to a farm in Colville, Washington helping to take care of his two brothers and injured father while also tending to the family farm as his mother went into town for work. He graduated from Colville High School as a featherweight in Boxing, earning his varsity letter. Quickly after his high school graduation, Donald joined the Marine Corps with three of his high school buddies and earned his ranking of a United States Marine Corps Corporal. Shortly after serving his country, Donald dedicated another 30 years as a Nuclear Technician out in the Hanford area, retiring with Westinghouse. Donald also found time to be an involved Deacon, Greeter, and Helping Hands volunteer for West Side United Protestant Church for many years.
Donald’s determination lead him through numerous attempts to win over his wife Marilyn (and her first two children’s) hearts, but Donald was finally successful; him and Marilyn enjoyed over 63 wonderful years married together. Donald had a long list of accomplishments for himself, but his proudest were those centered around his family: Marrying his wife Marilyn, purchasing their first home, experiencing his daughters’ weddings, as well as all the births of his grandchildren; Donald very much loved his growing family.
Preceding Donald in death is his father Leon B. Best, his mother, Blanch M. Best, two brothers Robert and Roger, as well as his daughter, Gaylyn McKee. Donald is survived by his devoted wife, Marilyn F. Best, daughters Dona K. VanKeulen and Melody Houser, grandsons Aubrey McKee, Shaun Bishop, Bobby Earls, and Skylar McKee as well as granddaughter, Natashia Lee and 20 great-grandchildren.

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  • Sorry for Don’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Don and his family.

    John T Durand
    February 24, 2024
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