A descendent of Oregon pioneers, Donald R. Mellander ’58 was born in Watsonville to Elizabeth Margaret Long and John Raymond Mellander. He grew up in Watsonville, attended Watsonville High School, and attended college at Hartnell Junior College in Salinas and SCU. He also spent a year in the Catholic seminary in Los Angeles where he considered a vocation in the priesthood. Don served honorably in the Navy from 1950 to 1954 as a Radar Technician aboard the USS Essex during the Korean War. In his professional life, Don worked as a technician for Varian Associates in Palo Alto from the mid-1950s to 1977. After moving to Oregon, he worked as a technician and salesman for Tektronix in Beaverton until his retirement in 1995. Don was married to his wife, Henrietta Isabelle Tello Mellander, for 60 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albany, where he enjoyed his time as a reader and serving Holy Communion to the congregation on Saturdays. Don enjoyed fixing and tinkering around the house, rebuilding his VW engines, swimming and being in the sun, orange sherbet and rocky road ice cream, making apricot pies, the movies Singin’ In the Rain, The Music Man and Raiders of the Lost Ark, quoting Ogden Nash (“… if called by a panther … don’t anther”), playing the ukulele, and listening to Harry Lauder, The Clancy Brothers, and John Denver. He was also very proud of his amateur radio license. On Sept. 13, 2019, Done passed away peacefully at Albany General Hospital in hospice care. He was 90 years old. Don is preceded in passing by his granddaughter, Danika Sue Mellander. Don is survived by his wife, Henrietta; his six children and their spouses, Kevin and Lori, Brian and Christie, Julie and Corrie, Kerry and Tim, Mary and Mike, and Tim and Sandy; his 15 grandchildren, Glen, Elise, Dawnielle, Kara, Jessica, Nicole, Brandon, Tyler, Cassandra, Ashley, Kyleigh, Lane, Lindsey, Josh, and Jake; and 24 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Dorothy; his niece, Barbara; and his nephews, Dennis and Mark.

22 Oct 2019