Donald Gene “Don” White
December 7, 1934 ~ May 14, 2014
Donald Gene “Don” White, 79, a Wenatchee, WA area resident for over 70 years, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital. He was born on December 7, 1934, at Wideman, AR to Tommie W. and Verneen (Hellums) White. He was raised to the age of seven in Arkansas, before moving with his family to Monitor, WA. They later moved to Wenatchee, where he attended elementary through high school, graduating from Wenatchee High School with the class of 1955, and continuing his education at Wenatchee Valley College, majoring in Chemistry. He went to work at Keokuk in Rock Island as a Wet Chemist, until he accepted a job at Alcoa as a Chemist. Don continued working at Alcoa and retired after over 26 years of service. Don married Artie M. Dumas at Coeur d’Alene, ID in November of 1954. Don and Artie made their home in Wenatchee and soon after welcomed two daughters, Debbie Weimer and Virginia “Gini” Berry. On November 19, 1983, Don married Carol S. Gooch and they continued to make their home in East Wenatchee for the past 30 years. Don and Carol enjoyed many years of traveling, antiquing, running their own antique business and many, many trips to casinos around the country. Don also spent many, many hours devoted to the Red Apple Fliers and flying radio controlled airplanes. He was also a member of the Sports Car Club in Wenatchee and the Lake Chelan Yacht Club. Don enjoyed autocross racing, rally racing, sailing, and shooting guns (especially teaching his grandchildren to shoot and fly radio controlled airplanes). He was an outdoorsman and, in earlier times, loved to go camping, backpacking and was a rock hound.
He is survived by his wife, Carol S. White of East Wenatchee; his mother, Verneen A. White of East Wenatchee; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Monte Weimer of Vancouver, WA; two step-daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Tim Evans of Yakima, WA and Tracy and Bill Parke of East Wenatchee; two brothers and one sister-in-law, John White of Wenatchee and Vic and Peggy White of East Wenatchee; ten grandchildren, Megan Skeers of Nampa, ID, Tyson Weimer of Battle Ground, WA, Rachel Weimer and Daniel Weimer of Vancouver, WA, Mandy Berry of CA, Krista Berry of Lewiston, ID, Rachel Mejia and Sarah Evans of Yakima, WA and Matthew Parke and Michael Parke of East Wenatchee; and 14 great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Artie, on January 10, 1983; father, Tommie White; and a daughter, Virginia “Gini” Berry in 1995.
A Graveside Interment Service will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Wenatchee City Cemetery. You are invited to visit his tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.