L. Donohue "Don" Callan

March 12, 1927July 19, 2013

L. Donohue (Don) Callan passed peacefully at his home in Selah, WA on July 19, 2013.

Don was born in Northport, WA in 1927 to Tom and Myrtle Callan. He grew up on the ranch on Kelly Hill and was a true Cowboy. He loved his horses and dogs.

Don enlisted in the US Marine Corp. in 1945 and served with honor in Hawaii, Okinawa and North China. Don loved this country and proudly flew his flag. He truly believed that we live in the greatest country in the world.

Don had many interests and loved adventure.

In his earlier years Don was a scuba diver and became an instructor. He served with the Lewis County Underwater Search and Rescue.

Don loved skiing and was a full certified ski instructor and loved teaching. Don graduated from WSU in 1954 and worked for 30 years with the USDA Farmers Home Administration. He worked in several towns in Washington State including Auburn and Ephrata.

Don married the love of his life, Arline Adams, in 1954. Don was a true family man, leading the family on many an adventure, to include camping and skiing trips and many others too numerous to mention. Don was loving, supportive and a great example of living life to the fullest and doing the right thing.

Don loved everyone, no one was a stranger. He was respected by all and treated all with respect.

Don was a proud member of the Colville Federated Tribe.

After retirement, Don served as a volunteer firefighter and a school bus driver in Ephrata, WA.

He is survived by his wife, Arline Callan; his daughters, Shirley Jewett (Craig) and Kim Wakefield (Steve); his son, Pat Callan (Shelli); and his sisters, Inez Droz-Thorington and Gladys Collins (Forest). He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to our friend Kat for her love and care. A special thank you to our Hospice Nurse Deb. And, a special thank you to our friend Kim N.

Thank You So Much.

A Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Keith & Keith Funeral Home 902 W. Yakima Avenue Yakima, WA. To share a memory of Don visit,


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 24, 2013

L. Donohue "Don" Callan

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August 10, 2013

Dad's adventures spirit and sense of humor made life so interesting. We were so blessed to grow up with a dad who made his family a priority and we had many an adventure. He was patient whenever he taught. He led by example treating people with respect and courtesy and doing the right thing. Dad, I will miss you terribly, but know I will see you again in Heaven someday. I love you. Shirley

George Hilbish

July 26, 2013

The Marines and Corpsmen of the Pierce County Detachment #504 Marine Corps League, Share in Your Loss. Rest in Peace Marine, Semper Fi!

Roger Pugh

July 23, 2013

Don was one of the friendliest people I know. I remember one time he asked me to go to Wenatchee with him to help him buy a truck. He was so nice to the salesman that I thought they both worked for the dealership. The world needs more nice people like Don and Arline.