Don Ashcraft, age 85, left this earth peacefully at home with his family by his side on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. He was born November 9, 1927 in Lynden, Kansas, to parents Alva and Blanche (Woodward) Ashcraft. He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Columbia. In 1947 Don met and married the love of his life, Faye Ashcraft, in The Dalles, Oregon, and settled in the Roseburg area in 1953. Together they celebrated 65 years of marriage and raised three sons: Randy, Gregg and Joe. Don was employed as a millwright, and for many years by the Douglas County Farmers Co-op in the Pump and Irrigation Department. Don was an accomplished fabricator and mechanic, never turning away from a good challenge, and was always willing to help. He loved the outdoors, hunting, camping, fishing, and spending time at the beach with family and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Faye, in September 2012; and a brother (Morris) in October 1978. He is survived by three sons: Randy (Margaret) of Roseburg; Gregg (Carry) of Sutherlin; and Joe (Jackie) of Sutherlin. Don is also survived by seven grandchildren; Sasha, Angela, Christopher, Shawna, Brandon, Chelsea and Austin; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters: Elva (Steve) Murray of Arlington, WA and Mickey (Keith) Fields of Crescent City, CA; and a brother, Albert (Katy) Ashcraft of Klamath Falls; as well as many nieces; nephews; extended church family; and friends.
Don’s family would like to thank Dr. Tim Powell and the staff of Evergreen Family Medicine, Home Helpers, and Amedisys Hospice for taking special care of our Dad and Papa.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Don’s life on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Green Community Church, 3777 Carnes Road, Roseburg, Oregon.