Donald Lee Mallon, 79, of Joseph died June 29 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A memorial service was held today at Bollman Funeral Home.
Mr. Mallon was born June 14, 1927, to Charles E. and Elsie M. Bridgeman Mallon in Craig, Mo. The family lived in Lone Rock before moving to Alder Slope in 1939, and Joseph in 1941. He attended one year of high school and served in the Army during World War II. On aug. 29, 1948, he married Ruth “Anne” Homewood. She died in 1996.
He worked as a logger and for the Chief Joseph Lumber Mill until it closed. He served as a police officer in Joseph for two years before starting his own construction business. He worked as a contractor until 1980 when he was forced to retire after an injury.
He was a member of the Masons, the Elks and the VFW, and enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking, playing cards and chess and being with his family and friends.
Survivors include children and their spouses, James E. Mallon of Navasota, Texas, and Linda and George Sweet of La Grande; five sisters, Marjorie Harrison of Griffin, Ga., Mabel Henderson of White Salmon, Wash., Dorothy Lind of Walla Walla, Ruby Zollman of Joseph, Leona Sherk of Vancouver, Wash.; two brothers, Ray Mallon of Joseph and David Mallon of Pendleton; three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Viola Sparks and Barbara Mallon, and three brothers, William, Bob and Charles Mallon, all died earlier.
The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 8, 2006, Published: July 10, 2006