Donald Denver Thomasson
Donald Denver Thomasson, 88, of Mt. Vernon, Oregon died July 9 at the Elderberry House in John Day, surrounded by his three daughters.
He was born February 13, 1925 in Leachville, Arkansas to Samuel Dewitt and Ona (Simpkins) Thomasson. He served in the Navy for 2 ½ years and the Naval Reserve, ranked as a coxswain.
On February 23, 1943 he married Wilma Evans in Benton, Missouri. Later he retired as a millwright in 1982 from Blue Mountain Mills.
Mr. Thomasson’s hobbies were fishing, hunting, gardening, reading, watching sports and westerns on TV, playing poker and pinochle and spending his winters in Yuma, Arizona with his wife, enjoying time as snowbirds. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, and was known as a wonderful provider for his family.
He belonged to the Elks Lodge in John Day, where he went through the chairs and served as exalted ruler. He was able to fly to Hawaii and meet exalted rulers from all over the United States. A lifetime NRA member, his greatest accomplishments were in the big bull elk contest, big buck contest and as union president at the mill.
He is survived by his daughters Sharon Smith of Challis, Idaho, Donna Lincoln of Tillamook, Oregon, Marilyn Thomasson of Mt. Vernon, as well as Roxie Lissman of John Day, Oregon and Dorothy Olson of Albany, Oregon, who were considered his daughters; brother Floyd Thomasson of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren Jeffery Lee Smith Sr., Sheila M. Dodd, Stephanie Haechrel and Tommy Lincoln; great-grandchildren Josh Smith, Zach Smith, Nathan Banks, Tyler Lincoln, Reece Haechrel, Paige Haechrel and Billy Dodd; and great-great-granddaughter Emma Jolene Smith.
He was preceded in death by Wilma, his wife of 70 years; twin granddaughters, Sharon and Eileen Smith; and great-grandchildren Jeffrey Lee Smith, Jr., Carley Elizabeth Banks and Cooper Mckenzie Banks.
A public graveside service will be held at the Canyon City Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of John Day and the Jeffrey Lee Smith Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon, Blvd., John Day, Oregon 97845.