Donald Owen DeHaven
Donald Owen DeHaven, of Medford, Ore., left this world on Dec. 21, 2010, at 88 years of age. He was born Oct. 11, 1922, on a ranch near Red Bluff, Calif., to Nettie Viola (Boswell) DeHaven and William Edward DeHaven. He graduated from Red Bluff High School in 1941.
During World War II, Don served in the U.S. Army Air Force as an air-traffic control operator. He married the love of his life, Betty A. Fraley, in July 1944, and in 1951, the couple and their three young children moved from Red Bluff to Oregon. Don owned his own dairy on the Oregon coast, milking as many as 90 cows a day. The family later moved to the Rogue Valley where he worked as a brakeman for the White City Railroad until his retirement.
Don's passion was flying airplanes, and he enjoyed many trips to air shows with his son, Larry. Don attended oil painting classes with his daughter, Sheryl McCall, and shared a gardening hobby with daughter, Judy Charley. As a Little League baseball coach in Gold Hill, Don coached his grandchildren Donnie and Marnie McCall, whose athletic careers he followed at Crater High School and the University of Oregon. He enjoyed watching grandchildren Shana and Spencer Spike Charley participate in Crook County High School sports. Collecting and repairing antique clocks and fishing on the Oregon coast were other interests. For many winters, Don and Betty were snowbirds in Arizona.
Besides his wife, Betty, Don leaves behind his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Anne DeHaven, of Everett, Wash.; daughter, Sheryl and son-in-law Tom McCall, of Prineville, Ore.; and daughter, Judy and son-in-law Bill Charley, of Central Point, Ore. His family also included granddaughter Shana Charley Brewer and her husband, Richard, of Central Point; grandson, Spike Charley, of Redmond, Ore.; granddaughter, Marnie McCall Fisk and her husband Ronald of Bend, Ore.; grandson, Donald McCall of Prineville; and great-grandchildren, Lane Charley, Cole and Paige Berriochoa, and Nicolas and Griffin Brewer. Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Lester, Earl and Alan; and sisters, Aileen, Alice and Anne.
Don cherished his family and was deeply loved in return. His charming smile lit up any room. The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of Avamere Assisted Living for their years of loving care for our father, especially during the last few months. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the pioneer Oak Hill Cemetery in Red Bluff.