Cashmere, Donald Ray – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon

Donald Ray Cashmere, 40, died April 9, 2006, at his home in Baker City.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship in Sumpter. Pastor Mark Norenberg of Granite will officiate. Friends are invited to attend a benefit buffet-style lunch at the Sumpter Nugget Restaurant after the service.

Don was born on Aug. 11, 1965, at Tucson, Ariz., where he lived until moving to Portland in 1969. In 2002, he moved to Baker City to be closer to Mommy.

Finally settling down, Don made a commitment to a “speed bump,” Tene. The couple had been together 14 years and were married for nine years.

Don loved to work with wood and was always making special things for his family and friends. He learned his carpentry trade in the Job Corps and was working with Mark Norenberg building log cabins at the time of his death.

He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and riding his three-wheeler. Don also loved to go out and pick mushrooms (a hobby that started with his baby sister, Marge). Don’s favorite gathering to entertain his friends and family was building a bonfire.

Don was always willing to help any two-legged or four-legged strays. Don and Tene’s door was always open.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph and Refjua Baca and Glen and LaVelle Cashmere; aunts, Ruth Olguin and Jenny Baca; uncle, Mike Baca; and three cousins.

Survivors include his wife, Tene Cashmere of Baker City; sons, Jason Cashmere of Spokane, Wash., Christopher Carter of Portland, and Riky Carter and his wife, Heather, of Baker City; parents, Patty and Bill Dobell of Granite; sisters, Lisa Surratt of Newberg, Lucinda Ivy of Arlington, Wash., and Margaruite Carroll of Fairview; a brother, Daniel Cashmere of San Diego; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 14, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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