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Donald Jameson

Donald Jameson, 102, passed away July 5, 2018. He and his wife, Eda Jameson were residents at The Springs at Anna Maria in Medford, Oregon. While married they enjoyed music and travel. He was previously married to Virginia Anderson from Healdsburg, California. Don and Virginia had three children, Jeff, Jackie, and Janette.

Don Jameson, with his twin Dave, was born in 1915 in Bakersfield. His other siblings were Archie, Rex, Rod, Virginia, and Muriel. He was the last surviving member of the family of Frank and Christine Bonha-Jameson, pioneer families of Bakersfield, California. He spent his childhood in Glenville and Bakersfield ranching with his family. Don graduated from Chico State University and UC Berkeley for graduate study in education.

Don Jameson began his career as an educator in Lake County after World War II. He then taught in the San Francisco area, including vocational training and teaching at San Quentin Penitentiary. He was later a principal in Arcata, Calif., until taking a principal position in Scotts Valley, Calif. In 1960 he moved his family to Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico where he assumed the position of principal of the American School. The school offered bilingual education for students from kindergarten through high school. He had a summer school program which brought American students from every state in the U.S. to Torreon for a 6-week course in the culture and language of Mexico. This time in Torreon was a highlight of his career in terms of accomplishments and the people he met.

When he returned to the United States in 1972 he was offered the position of principal in Paso Robles, Calif. After retirement he traveled frequently spending much time in Ireland and Scotland. With his wife, Eda he traveled to Europe numerous times. He had fond memories of walking along a walkway by the Black Sea in Russia. A favorite of his was a trip to Argentina. He always had a love of driving, often arising at 4:00 a.m. to drive until after dinner time. He would drive from Mexico all the way up to the Oregon border for his summer vacation. He would listen to baseball games broadcast by Vin Scully with windows open before the days of air conditioning, occasionally stopping for ice-cold root beer.

In his later years he maintained a subscription to the Economist until the last year of his life. He was a member of the Westminster Church in Medford; his faith was very important to him.

He maintained contact with students from Scotts Valley Elementary School and the community of Colegio Americano de Torreon for many years. To his last days, his mind was always focused on planning for the future.

A memorial service at Westminster Church will be held at a later date.

The surviving members of his family include two daughters, Jacquelyn Kent and Janette Jameson and three grandchildren, Bjorn Winberg and Myra and Emmaly Crimmel. He continued being a father and grandfather up until the last of his days, departing with hopes for their successful futures.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Eda.

Thank you to the staff at The Springs at Anna Maria, Hospice, and Jesse Hodgdon for the care given to Don as he took his last journey.

Donald Jameson