Donald Eugene Barton

June 10, 1932May 14, 2010

Donald, son of Wesley and Blanch Barton, was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, on June 10, 1932, and passed away in Portland, Oregon, on May 14, 2010. In high school, he moved to Great Bend, Kansas, then at 16, he moved to Portland with his father. At 18, Donald joined the Army and went to Fort Ord, California for his basic training. In February 1951 he went to war in Korea, and was captured in May. He was a POW for 23 months. In September, 1953, he returned from the war and moved back to Oklahoma; where he met the love of his life, Daisy Battenfield. They met on Halloween night and were married on November 16. They had 57 wonderful, loving years together.

Donald and Daisy moved to San Francisco shortly after marrying and stayed until 1957, when they moved to Oregon. Donald went to work at Bonneville Power and retired from there in December, 1987.

Together they had five wonderful children. Two daughters, Donna Drennan of Clatskanie, Oregon, Suzanne McEvwee of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and three sons, Keith of Muskogee, Douglas, and Donald Jr., both of Olympia, Washington. They also have 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He also deeply loved his two Dachshunds, Felix and Oscar. Donald was loved by many and he will be missed.

Arrangements under the direction of Vancouver Funeral Chapel, Vancouver, WA.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 20, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 19, 2010
  • Committal Thursday, May 20, 2010

Donald Eugene Barton

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May 20, 2010

May 20th, 2010
Our sympathies Daisy and to all your family. Take care of yourself.
Jean&Paul Graham

Stephanie Isaac

May 20, 2010

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Sandy Hogsed

May 20, 2010

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Don holds a special place in my heart. What he gave to me from his heart is truly priceless. I will really miss him. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and peace in the support and love of your family and friends.

Love you much,
Sandy Hogsed

Keith Stottlemyre

May 20, 2010

Daisy, Doug, Don, Susie, Donna and Keith,

I am sorry about your loss and want you all to know that I will miss your husband (dad). He always treated me with respect and his laugh was as warm as any man I have met. Let us all at this time try to appreciate what he went through as a 20 year old man in the Korean war and understand what he tried to do for his family and his country. Although far from perfect,like most of us, his efforts will not be forgotten. I will always remember your dad (husband)
as a man that worked extremely hard and cared about others.

Don: Rest In Peace.


Don & Carolyn Bills

May 19, 2010

With sympathy for Don's family and with great appreciation for Don's outstanding role in the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Tom Wagenhoffer

May 19, 2010

Don and I worked together for many years in contract administration for BPA.I always admired Don's integrity and good common sense.

May 19, 2010

Don's dedicated contributions to our Ft Vancouver American Ex-Prisoners of War Chapter are a fitting tribute to this patriotic American. His participation will be missed.

Ann Jones

May 19, 2010

We love and will miss you Grandpa!! We will be praying for you Grandma.

Doug,Ann,Mason,Jake & Carlie

dave klapwyk

May 19, 2010

Daisy, May all your fondest memories with 'the Donald' help console you in your sorrow. He was the finest boss I ever had. As ever, Dave, and now Peg.