Donald “Don” Stratton, a past resident of Colville, passed away on Oct. 23, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 85. He was born on Nov. 4, 1925, the son of Glen and Ethel Stratton.
Don attended school in Colville through the eighth grade. He then went to work at Barman’s and helped at his parent’s restaurant, “Mom & Pops”. On Dec. 31, 1943, he married Leona Huguenin and less that a month later, on Jan. 25, 1944, Don was inducted into the U.S. Army to serve overseas in WWII. He received the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. Don also received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat.
Following his honorable discharge on April 24, 1946, he re¬turned to Colville where he worked for the Lime Plant in Evans and later began with the Stevens County Road Department. Following an injury at work, Don returned to school and became a licensed Barber at Moler’s Barber School. He then moved to Pullman where he started a family and worked for six years at the WSU Barber Shop. In 1962, the family moved to Colville and he opened Don’s Barber Shop.
In 1983, Don and Leona’s marriage ended. On May 19, 1984, he married Ida Brady and they made their home in Colville. After 46 years as a barber, Don retired at the age of 77. In the fall of 2002, he and Ida relocated to Mohave Valley, AZ. Don’s health challenges increased in 2006 when he began his battle with vascular dementia. He had recently moved to Spokane, where he could be near his family.
Don was active in the community and volunteered in the Lions Club, the Stevens County Sheriff’s Ambulance, served as Chief of the Colville Auxiliary Police, was a member of the V.F.W. and served on the Colville City Council. Don was active in the Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a man with great wit and satire who enjoyed his time with family, friends and especially his grandchildren.
His daddy’s girl remembered him as “the kind of Dad every girl wants, but few get.” Don was also protective of his family and one who offered trust to those who earned it. He enjoyed traveling, socializing with friends and tinkering in his shop. He was a dear and loving man that will be missed by all.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, Nellie, Dorothy, Francis, Irene and Peggy, and his two brothers, Delmar and Jack; and by his son, Mark Stratton.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Stratton; by his daughters, Dianna Hawn and Cindy Nation; his step-daughter, Diane Dixson; his step-sons, Gary Burya and David Burya; his fuve grandsons, Ryan, Jeff, Jacob, Blaine and Bryton, his three grand-daughters, Lacey, Brittney and Kaylee; two step-grandsons, Nick and Christopher; five step-grand-daughters, Crystal, Amanda, Suezzette, Marissa and Sabbrinna; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Rosary for Don will begin at 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 28. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. Both will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Graveside service will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Colville.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Hospice House of Spokane.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville, WA is entrusted with arrangements.
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