Donald C. Newell
February 5, 1938 ~ March 16, 2014
Don Newell, a lifelong resident of Wenatchee, WA, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at his home in East Wenatchee. Don was born to Don C. Newell and Estella (Zimmerman) Newell in Wenatchee, WA on February 5, 1938. He graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1956. After graduation, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country as a military policeman. After his military service, he worked various jobs before starting his long career with the Chelan County PUD. While with the PUD, he worked at both Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams. Eventually, he became a PUD diver and later a hydro-mechanic foreman. After the death of his father in 1972, Don took over management of the family cherry orchard located off Squilchuck Road. Don was a devoted father, loving husband, and doting grandfather. Don married Betty McGee in 1961, and they had three children: Kevin, Amy, and Lisa. In 1987, he married Val Evans. A lifelong sports fan and coach, some of Don’s fondest moments were spent watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports and activities. Don was an avid outdoorsman and truly enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an enthusiastic traveler. He and Val took a cruise to the Panama Canal; and visited Mexico, Hawaii and Spain, as well as several other locations within the U.S.
Don is survived by his wife, Val; son, Kevin (Lynn) Newell; two daughters, Amy (John) Gustin and Lisa Newell, all of Wenatchee; and two step-daughters, Erika (Brian) Flattum of Puyallup and Karen (Greg) Dodd of East Wenatchee. Also surviving are grandchildren, Ashley (Greg) Gillum, Jacob Gustin, Alyssa Newell, Cameron Newell, Mia Duquette, Jared Flattum, Ally Flattum, Samantha Dodd, and Jackson Dodd. Don is also survived by his sister, Jackie Smart of Wenatchee. He was preceded in death by his parents.
All who knew Don were touched by his gentle, positive nature. Although his health was compromised for many years, Don always smiled and said, “I’m fine.” His garage “office” was the scene for much contemplation and was open to all comers, for whom he was an excellent listener and sometimes a counselor. He was a fine cook and took great pleasure in feeding large numbers or little grandchildren.
Don’s family would like to thank Ginny Heinitz for her wonderful friendship and Dr. Samuel Ortiz for his understanding care.
A Service celebrating Don’s life will be held at the Beehive Grange (off Squilchuck Road) in Wenatchee on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Donations in Don’s name, may be made to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.