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Donald W. Wilson
May 13, 1933 - January 15, 2019

Donald William Wilson of Jacksonville, Oregon passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 after reaching a robust age of 85. After a relatively short decline in health, he died peacefully with his beloved wife Joan, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by his side. His presence will be greatly missed by all who ever had the good fortune of shaking his hand, or hearing his stories.
Don was born May 13, 1933. His parents, Evelyn and Clarence Wilson raised him and his older sister, Norma, in Watsonville, CA. As a young man he learned the value of hard work and was always looking for a way to make money, create a business, or strike a deal. He attended and graduated from Santa Clara University and served two years in the Army.
In 1954, he met the love of his life, Joan Akins. They married and lived a full life together for all of the 62 years. The early times were difficult financially, but with Don’s entrepreneurial drive he became a successful salesman and business owner while also having four kids over the coming years. He was a loving husband, and a wonderful father; one who always took care of his children, offering them encouragement or giving them advice in their own ventures. Don also became a loving grandfather, and even a “great grand” father to many. He was a man who loved to ensure the importance of family as a support for one another. Don was also a man who loved to connect with people and dance with life.
Don Wilson is survived by his loving wife, Joan Wilson; children, Kelly Wilson (Joyce) of Medford, OR, Denise Vore of Missoula, MT, Lori Murphy (Christophe) of Portland, OR and Karen Irving (Troy) of Jacksonville, OR; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and other beloved friends and relatives.
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 25 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery at 1 pm, followed by a reception at Bella Union, in Jacksonville at 3 pm.

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