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Donald J. Cleveland

Donald J. Cleveland


Donald "DJ" Cleveland of Central Point, Oregon, died Thursday, April 12, 2007; he was 86.

Born in Iowa to David and Clara Cleveland, he moved with his family to Texas before settling in Butte Falls where his family owned and ran the local grocery store.

In 1939, upon graduating from Butte Falls High School with his four other classmates, DJ joined the US Navy, and, after boot camp, received orders to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. In 1941 just prior to the Arizona's attack by the Japanese, he was transferred to Aviation Engineering School in Jacksonville, Florida.

It was during his next assignment, at the Naval Base in Baltimore, Maryland, that he met his future bride, Margaret "Peg" Adams. They were married a year later on July 11, 1941 in North Carolina.

DJ transferred from the Navy to the US Coast Guard where he worked his way up to Chief Warrant Officer 4. While stationed at Guam, in 1967 he became a 32nd degree Mason. DJ and Peg remember this time fondly.

After a full career of ensuring the safety of his pilots as a helicopter Engineer, DJ retired in October of 1970. He and Peg spent the remainder of their years together traveling and visiting their two daughters and three grandchildren. They chose Central Point, Oregon as their home base and eventually settled when the time for traveling ended and spent their time with local family and friends.

DJ was preceded in death by his brother, Duke Cleveland; daughter, Donna Rolfe; and son-in-law, Lt. Terry Hanley. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Cartensen; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A full Military funeral service will be held May 4, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. at the VA cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart Association, 10 Crater Lake Ave., suite 10, Medford, OR 97504

Donald J. Cleveland