Obituary of Donald Ray Warner
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A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 1:00 at Hollenbeck Park in Trout Lake, WA. He passed on June 25th, 2022 at the VA Portland Hospital. Don was born on May 14th, 1943 in Goldendale, Washington; he spent his youth in Carson and moved to BZ Corners for High School. After High School, he joined the Navy in 1961, exploring from The Aleutian Islands to Eastern Asia. Coming home he became a barber and married his best friend, Coralee (Page) and they spent 57 loving years together. Don and Coralee spent the first 13 years of their marriage in Castle Rock, WA. While barbering he fell in love with helping boys in need. He then decided to go back to school, where he received his BA in Sociology from Evergreen State College. Moving to Trout Lake, they started a group home of their own. Don with the help of the community of Trout Lake, helped many young boys achieve their dreams; teaching them life skills and the value of community for 8 amazing years. Don never knew a stranger and became known as 'Uncle Don" to the many people he touched through his many careers. First as a barber, then working with the boys, running a pack and guide service, rescuing many stranded travelers in the mountains, then the camp host at Guler County Park; finally at the BZ Corners Transfer Station. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, an American Legion, Trout Lake School Board Member, Castle Rock/Trout Lake Volunteer Fireman and EMT and many other organizations. After retirement he spent his time involved in many local social events. 'Uncle Don' stole the show by riding his blue chariot, singing the whole way there and back. Don is survived by his wife Coralee, daughter Page Logan and husband Brett, son Cody Warner; Gary Akerill and Gerry Harding; two granddaughters Emily Logan and Bailey Warner; sister Linda Teel and husband Carl; sister-in-law Kathy Warner; countless nieces and nephews; and many chosen children who called him Uncle Don. He will be missed by all. "An Equine Quadruped can be induced to abide by the unknown quantity specific of gravity but not induced to abide by it" (You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink)