On March 22, 1928, in the little Oregon town of Cove, a son by the name of Donald Lee McClain was born to Lee Andrew McClain and Daisy Brashears. Shortly after they made their way to the Hood River Valley and settled in Parkdale. Donald made Parkdale his home for much of his life.
In April 1946 he decided to serve his country and entered the army where he was a toxic gas handler and received a World War II victory medal. In November 1948 his service was cut short when his father got hurt and he had to return home to tend to the family farm.
Donald started his career as a timber faller and gave over 45 years to the timber industry. He finally fell in love and married Susan Dougharty. Susan had three sons: Shad, Brian and Sam. The couple had a daughter together and named her Nancy Dawnell.
Donald had a love for the outdoors, spending his leisure time hunting and fishing.
He was married a second time, this time to Geraldine Floyd. This marriage blessed him with a stepdaughter, Marla. The couple moved to Rufus, Oregon. Donald enjoyed watching the local sports teams and westerns on TV. On April 18, 2015, we lost Donald while he was in the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore.
Donald was preceded in death by both his parents, his sister Oneida Bonnett, and wife Geraldine.
He is survived by his daughter Dawnell Espersen and her husband, Ken; stepdaughter Marla Davies and husband Rich; stepsons Brian and Sam Belander, Shad and wife Stephanie Shibahara; cousins Jim and Virginia McClain and nephews David, Raymond and Stanley Chaffin. Donald will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends.
With Donald’s love for the outdoors, his daughter is planning to make a donation to a conservation group on his behalf. If you would like to contribute to this fund please contact Dawnell at 541-352-6479.
Services for Donald will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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