Donald F. “Don” Callaway was born on October 25, 1940 in Fruitland, Idaho to parents, Lacey Flin Callaway and Laura Katherine Hunter Callaway. He died on January 3, 2019 at his home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 78 years. Don was raised throughout the United States. He graduated from high school in Ravenswood, West Virginia in 1958. Don enlisted in the United States Navy in 1959 and served on the USS Coral Sea until his honorable discharge in 1961. While in the navy, Don was united in marriage to Linda Royer on July 10, 1960 in Newburg, Oregon. He worked construction in Blue River, Oregon and later on building Interstate 84 and the Astoria bridge as well as numerous other projects over his career. They called Pendleton, Oregon home from 1968 until 1986 when they moved to Gresham, Oregon in 1986. They moved to La Pine, Oregon in 2002 and then to Hermiston, Oregon in 2013 where they have lived since. Don was a founding and longtime member of the Sherwood Elks Lodge. He enjoyed making suncatchers, traveling, playing cards, square dancing, snowmobiling, fishing, camping and being in the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years: Linda Callaway, Hermiston, OR; daughters: Laura Buckley & her husband Lane, Lake Havasu City, AZ and Meladee McGee, Hermiston, OR; 7 grandchildren: Marcus, Danielle, Jared, Lacey, Amberly, Travis & Justin; 7 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter: Dawn Marie Callaway, and 2 sisters: Margie Brown and Shirley Richardson.
A private family gathering will be held.
Those who wish may make contributions to Alzheimers Research or StJude.org
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.