November 26, 1929 – August 1, 2019
Donald D. O’Brien of Oregon City passed away on August 1, 2019. He was 89 years old. He was born to Cleota and Marvin O’Brien on November 26, 1929 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Don graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1947. This is where he met his 1st wife Dorothy. They both played the violin and were in the orchestra together. They eloped on Valentine’s Day in 1948 and were married over 51 years.
Following the loss of his wife in 2001, he met Marie Cristler MacComber. They were wed on November 10, 2005 in Pahrump, Nevada. Marie was a wonderful addition to the family and they are grateful she came into his life.
Donald had a career in plumbing & pipefitting. He was a member of UA Union Local No. 290 Plumber, Steamfitter & Shipfitter Industry Pension Fund. He worked for Honeywell and Robertshaw before retiring from Harder Mechanical Contractors in 1991 after 20 plus years of service.
Don enjoyed camping and fishing. He was a member of the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association and enjoyed traveling to listen to the music competitions. He also enjoyed traveling to Death Valley where he could see the Twenty Mule Team on occasion. He also spent many winters in Yuma, Arizona where he could enjoy the sunshine.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, his 1st wife and mother of his children, Dorothy Wood O’Brien as well as their daughter, Donna Marie O’Brien.
He is survived by his wife Marie O’Brien, his children, Michael O’Brien (Jo), Patty Jarvis, Peggy Planton (Frank) & Marlene Collier (Scott); sister, Naomi Parker; grandchildren, Melody White, Jacob Planton, Sam White, Matthew O’Brien, Amanda Hartson, Joshua Planton, Sean O’Brien, Lindsey Jarvi, Landon Collier, Summer Collier & Cameron Collier as well as several great-grandchildren; nephews, Cleve Parker & Marvin Parker; niece, Maya Johnson; step-children, David Macomber & Anne Smith and 10 step grandchildren as well as several other extended family members.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 11th at 11:00 am at Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home followed by a reception.
Donations in remembrance of Don can be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association.
- Celebration of Life with Reception to Follow Sunday, August 11, 2019
August 6, 2019
Heartfelt sympathy and condolences from Ben and Val Shewell. We have many fond memories of being welcomed into your tribe; picnics, fishing in the pond, and quite a few camping trips, too. We especially enjoyed the annual trips to Beverly Beach. Farewell to our ''Wagon Master'.