Donald A. Gaeden
Our beloved Donald Anthony Gaeden passed away while on vacation in Tahoe on Monday, May 22nd at the age of 86. He was born to Erwin and Helen Gaeden on July 29,1936 in Vallejo, California, where he spent most of his early years. He graduated from St. Vincent’s High School in Vallejo. Don served in the Air Force for 20 years, as a Technical Sergeant, where he obtained his laboratory assistant certification. He was given a letter of appreciation in 1976 for a long and honored career of dedicated service. He supported many military foundations throughout his life. In 1976 he started his laboratory career at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center from which he retired after 20+ years.
Don enjoyed many activities over the years including his love of golfing and getting a “Hole in One” at Eagle Point Golf Course. He enjoyed golfing with his friends, including caddying at the Buick Open Golf Tournament in San Diego area for years, and put in a putting green in his back yard for his retirement. He was an accomplished painter and a published poet. Some of his paintings are displayed in his home.
He was able to travel and see as much of what this country and the world had to offer with his wife and friends and was insistent on taking as many sunset pictures as he could. During these travels, he never missed an opportunity to go fishing. He loved working in the garden and snuggling or walking his dogs. He looked forward to breakfast out with close friends enjoying blueberry pancakes. If anyone needed help, he was there and had a smile for everyone.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Betty; his three Daughters, Donna Gaeden, Theresa Storts and Tina Smith; nine Grandchildren and eighteen Great-grandchildren; and one Brother, E. Michael Gaeden.
He is preceded in death by his Parents, Erwin and Helen; a Sister, Karen Castle and a Son, Ronald Gaeden.
A service with Military Honor Guard will be held on Saturday, July 16th at 1 PM at Conger- Morris Central Point Chapel, 800 S Front St, Central Point, Or. A reception will follow at The Meadows Club House located at 555 Freeman Rd, Central Point, Or 97502.
A private inurnment will be held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contribution to The Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated. Send donations to: The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL.17, Chicago, IL 60601 or their website act.alz.org