Donald Ernest Hale
Donald Ernest Hale, 89, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, in Medford, Ore. March 27, 2014, just shy of his 90th birthday. He was loved beyond measure by his family and friends. He is now in the arms of the Heavenly Father.
Don was born March 30, 1924 in Valentine, Neb. Don moved with his parents and three sisters to Estacada, Ore. at a young age. Don graduated from Estacada High School where he was an outstanding athlete and the president of the Lettermen's Club. Don was drafted into the U.S. Navy in WWII. Don moved to Medford, Ore. in 1949 as Branch Manager of Stevens Corporation.
Don began his career in sales and marketing and ultimately became a successful business owner and entrepreneur. Don excelled in sales and loved people. Don owned and operated Automotive Wholesale Distributors in Medford.
Don is survived by his wife, Marianne, of 62 years. They had three children, Gordon (Julie), Janice Gould (Curt), and Steve Hale, all of Medford, Ore.; five grandchildren, Lindsey (Adam), Megan (Shad), Jeff (Kristin), Kelsey, and Andy (Brooke); seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Erma (Jane) and Betty of Keizer, Ore. He was preceded in death by his son, Steve; parents, Ernest and Sarah Hale; and sisters, Laura and Mildred.
Don was a devoted husband and father and his family was the most important aspect of his life, whether it was a family barbecue by the backyard pool, going to Disneyland, or attending a Little League game, he was always present.
Don was an avid sports fan. He loved the Oregon Ducks and golf. In his younger years he played in many golf tournaments. Don will be remembered for his friendly, warm personality, quick sense of humor, and infectious laughter. He will be deeply missed.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, Ore. with Rev. Kevin Gowland officiating. A special thank you to Asante Hospice and his care givers for their support during Don's illness. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Foundations for
Recovery or Asante Hospice on Don's behalf.