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Donald Lee Whitlow

April 26, 1944 June 28, 2018
Donald Lee Whitlow
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Obituary for Donald Lee Whitlow

Long time McMinnville resident and logger, Donald L. Whitlow, age 74, was killed in an auto accident last Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:32pm on Hwy 18. Mr. Whitlow was a descendant of the Whitlow family whose ancestors have lived in Yamhill County since the 1880’s.
In his early years, Don competed in local Logging competitions, winning the title “Best All Around Logger” in the 1980s and was known for his extensive knowledge of old time Logging.
Don began his logging career after graduating from Amity High School. Over the years he worked for several logging companies and was currently employed as a Shovel Operator for Knudson Logging of Philomath. Don loved his job and it didn’t matter how far he had to drive to the job site, he would get up every morning around 3:30am to make sure he was on time to load his first truck of the day.
Don will always be remembered for his stories and his ability to recall specific events including the years. If you were lucky enough to hear one his stories, then you understand! He was a man with a wealth of knowledge and a heart of gold. He would gladly give a person his last dollar or the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it.
He said he wanted to work to the end of his life, and he did. No endless doctor appointments, nursing homes or lengthy wasting away. He led a life doing what he loved and although he didn’t plan it, left this world the way he intended. We will miss his smile, his raspy voice and generous heart.
Don is survived by his daughters: Leann Matson (Ryan) and Pamela Hayes (Mark); 8 grandchildren & 2 Great grandchildren; his mother, Rosie (Brutke) Whitlow of McMinnville, and brothers, Ivan Whitlow of Sheridan and Elvin of Amity and their children. He also leaves numerous Brutke & Whitlow cousins.
Services will be held Tuesday, July 17th at 11 a.m. at Macy and Son Funeral Home in McMinnville. Interment will follow in Pike Cemetery, Yamhill. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any photos of Don you might have or donations to the American Diabetes Association in his honor.

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11:00 AM 7/17/2018 11:00:00 AM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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Pike Cemetery Final Resting Place

14530 Crane Lane NW
Yamhill, OR 97148

14530 Crane Lane NW Yamhill 97148 OR

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