Donald Duane Scott, 76, a longtime Halfway resident, died Dec. 20, 2003, at his home.
There will be a graveside celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7847, will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the VFW Hall. In case of bad weather, the service will be at the VFW hall.
Don was born at Medford on Aug. 4, 1927, to Leo and Mary Key Scott. He attended school at Walterville and Springfield before joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served in the Navy until 1954, many of those years as an electrician on the USS Union.
After the service, he drove logging truck. He met his wife Herberta “Herbie” at Durkee. They were married at Winnemucca, Nev., on May 25, 1957. They spent most of the next 14 years in Eugene where Don drove truck for Eugene Plywood.
In 1971, Don and Herbie went into partnership with their daughter, Sheila, and her husband, Denny Farwell, and purchased Stockmen’s in Halfway. Several years later Don and Herbie purchased and remodeled the local Laundromat.
They sold the Stockmen’s in 1978 and Don went to work for MK Construction. He spent 12 years working on the dam at Brownlee, and other construction jobs at Moapa, Nev., and Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Don loved his family, his dogs, and a good game of poker. He enjoyed having company, driving his 1932 antique Ford in local parades and was a lifetime member of the VFW, Post 7847.
Survivors include six children, Ted Rankin of Springfield, Sheila Farwell and Patti Huff of Halfway, Bruce Rankin and Terry Crow of Eugene and Jim Scott of Arlington, Tenn.; his sister, June Knox of Halfway; niece, Shelley Knox of Springfield; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mary; his wife, Herbie, who died in 1985; and his brother, Jim Scott, who died at the age of 19 in 1957.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 9, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor