Surrounded by her loving family, 52-year-old Dawn McClanahan passed away at her home in Hood River, Ore., on Aug. 27, 2013. Dawn Michelle Fox was born in Mount Holly, N.J., on Dec. 21, 1960, to Sandra (Eagle) and Richard Fox. She moved to California at a young age and graduated from Somerset High School in Bellflower, Calif., in 1978.
Dawn married John McClanahan in Lakewood, Calif., on Aug. 25, 1984. They had three beautiful children and moved to Hood River in 1990. She worked as a housing manager for Cascade Management.
She loved the outdoors, enjoying camping, hunting, fishing and picking berries and mushrooms. Dawn also loved sports, especially football (she was a huge 49ers fan) and NASCAR racing, with Jeff Gordon being her favorite driver. She liked to hang out with her kids and enjoyed playing Xbox with her Xbox live family.
She loved cooking, particularly around the holidays when she made pies and cookies. Dawn was a dancing machine and enjoyed carving deer with her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Debbie and John.
Dawn will be missed by her husband, John, of Hood River; daughter Rhiannon Mino, of Fort Benning, Ga., and sons Jorel McClanahan, of The Dalles, and Shane McClanahan, of Hood River; sisters Tracy Hardwick and her husband, Dana, of The Dalles, and Mary Cameron of Hemet, Calif.; brother Richard “Butch” Fox III, of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; father Richard Fox II, of Lake Elsinore; in-laws Debbie and John, Shellie and John, Jenny and Robert and Larry; 11 grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews.
Dawn was preceded in death by her mother, Sandra.
A celebration of life was held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Laurelbrook Garden in White Salmon, Wash. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dawn’s memory made be made to Heart of Hospice or to the McClanahan family in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, WA 98672, who handled arrangements.
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