Donald Gary Chaney

March 25, 1931September 6, 2018

On Thursday, September 6th, 2018 Donald Chaney passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Don was born in Ventura, California to Earl and Irene Chaney. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Criminology/Biochemistry and later served in the Army in Korea. He then attended Washington University where he received his Master’s degree. Over the next 40 years, Don dedicated his time to educating high school students in chemistry and physics both in California and later Hawaii. He shared his love of nature and the outdoor with these students as the Science Club Advisor where he led nature hikes and camping trips.

Don will be remembered for the impact he made to the people around him. Always ready with a quick smile and a helping hand. Whether it was for an impromptu technology training session, helping with a wood working project or simply being there, he was a true friend to all. He is survived by his wife, Jean and his children.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St. Kent, WA. Following services, a reception will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Point Kiwanis Club or the Timber Ridge Sawdusters.


  • Providence Point Kiwanis
  • Timber Ridge Sawdusters


  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, September 20, 2018

Donald Gary Chaney

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Robyn Rodriguez

December 2, 2018

Condolences to you the family. I had Mr. Cheney my Freshman year (82/83). One of my favorite memories of High-School Academia is our Science Club hikes. To this day I see Ukemehame, Iao Valley & Haleakala with a different perspective and always with wonder. Thank you Mr. Cheney for that life long gift.

Jamie Tengan

December 1, 2018

I remember Mr. Chaney being a very patient teacher with a ready smile. Condolences to Mrs. Chaney and their family. Rest in love Mr. Chaney.

Kimberlee Lauer

December 1, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. Mr Cheney was my high school chemistry teacher at Lahainaluna in 1984. He was such a great teacher! I loved his class and I got an A in it (which completely shocked me at the time, because I didn’t think I would like it, let alone do well in it!) But he made it fun and interesting.❤️ He took us on science hikes all over the island and he would point out interesting things about the vegetation and the earth all around us. He was a truly caring teacher, and his influence will stay with me for the rest of my life! He will be missed.
I am so sorry for your loss.

John Hara

November 30, 2018

Mr. Chaney was an inspirational and kind and everything that I looked up too. I remember sitting in his classroom and he would read out of the textbook that he wrote so smoothly. His science/hike club was always so much fun. I remember dropping eggs off the administration building as a contest for who could create something to protect the egg. His smile his attitude and passion for science was awesome. My gratitude goes out to his life and his family. Thank you Mr. Chaney!

Jaynell Kekons

November 28, 2018

Mr. Chaney was the best Science teacher. My fondest memories are those from class lessons I have never forgotten. His nerdy flair made science fun. He will truly be missed. Rest in Love Mr. Chaney.

Lea Bouchard

November 28, 2018

I have certainly never forgotten Mr. Chaney and imagine I never will. He had such tenacity and passion for teaching that even the toughest students couldn’t break his spirit. I have so many fond memories, but one that stands out is riding in the back of his enormous station wagon with all my friends on our way to a science field trip. We had so much fun that day and I thank him dearly for his dedication to science and education ❤️

Marisa Utrillo

November 27, 2018

I just loved Mr Chaney, science was never a easy subject for me but he never gave up, trying to come up with new ways to make things fun. I will always remember the science club hike to Waihe’e, it was the best way to start off my senior year. Thank u Mr Chaney for being an amazing teacher.❤️

Sabrina Wilsey

November 27, 2018

Mr. Chaney was the BEST chemistry teacher. I had him bothe freshmen & Junior year. He was always willing to help out and even told some great stories that related to what we were learning that day. He was always ready with a mino experiment to prove a theory. He will be missed.