Don E. Elliott
April 29, 1929 - January 7, 2012
A veteran died. Don E. Elliott was born April 29, 1929, in Iowa City, Iowa. His first year was spent on his great-grandfather's farm five miles south of Oxford, Iowa. At age five he enrolled at Oxford Elementary School. Don had three aunts attending school with him. In 1935, the family moved to Glidden, Iowa. He had a brother, K.C. Elliott; and a sister, Carol Elliott Anderson. In 1939, they moved to Aurelia, Iowa, where Don graduated high school in 1946. He enlisted in the Army at 17 years old, and served in the Occupation of Japan. In 1952, Don married Louise Bong, of Cherokee, Iowa. They had three sons, Jon Charles, Douglas Matthew and Christopher Todd. They were divorced in 1988, and Don moved to Medford, Ore. He had lived in Medford longer than anywhere else.
In 1991, Don married Molly Swagerty in Copenhagen, Denmark. They both enjoyed travel and visited Egypt, England, France, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.
Don used some of the skills he had learned in the military in the construction industry. He applied these skills in 21 states and four foreign countries. He was particularly proud of being associated with the Eisenhower Tunnel Project in Colorado, the Esfahan Refinery in Isfahan, Iran., and the Sasol Synfuel Plant in Secunda, South Africa. His last project was in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, during the Gulf War. He was a member and past commander of the American Legion, a member and past commander of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, a member of the 6th Division Association and the Korean War Veterans Association. Don earned the following medals in the service of our country: World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) and Good Conduct Medal.
Don is survived by his wife, Molly; sister, Carol Anderson; sons, Doug and Chris (Lynne) Elliott; and three granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Frederick and Lenore Margaret Elliott; his son, Jon Elliott; and brother, K.C. Elliott. He also had two step daughters, Karen (Tom) Elliott and Denise (Rolando) Meza; a step son, Scott Swagerty; three grandsons; and two granddaughters.
He was loved and will be missed by all.
Burial will be in Eagle Point, Ore., at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.