Don M. Kelley
November 11, 1949 ~ December 12, 2012
Don was 63 years old when he passed away December 12, 2012, in Kent, WA, after a short battle with bone cancer. He was born in Texas on November 11, 1949. He moved to Wenatchee with his mother and two sisters when he was four years old. Don attended Wenatchee High School, graduating in 1968. He also attended Wenatchee Valley College for a short time. He married Tessie Thompson in 1969. They had four children, who he loved very much. Don and his kids loved to fish and he would take them up the Wenatchee River and spend all day baiting their hooks and untangling their lines, until they could do it for themselves. Many good times were also had skiing at Mission Ridge and boating on hot summer days at Lake Chelan. He began his career at Alcoa in the pot rooms. He worked at Fuller Paint and Glass, becoming a Journeyman Glazier. In 1974, he went to work for Leo Schall, learning the carpentry trade while building houses. He was an amazing craftsman and built many homes in the Valley. He then became a Union Carpenter, working out of Local 2205 and finishing his career at Local 30 in Renton, WA. He never did finish his bucket list of owning a Harley or building his dream retirement home.
Don is survived by his son, Joel Kelley of East Wenatchee; daughters, Misty (Thad) Downey and Summer Kelley of Wenatchee; grandson, Sage Downey; granddaughter, Teal Downey; brother, Jim (Sue) Kelley; and sisters, Doris Jean Conley of Wilbur, WA, and Pat Watt of Fresno, CA. He was preceded in death by his son, Jason, in 1977; and his mother, Lois Brown, in 2008.
There will be a Private Family Gathering at Wenatchee City Cemetery.