Donald Marcus Pond 1947 – 2022

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, Donald Marcus Pond died in Carlton, Oregon, after a long battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. A.D. Born on September 28, 1947, Don, who was born in Marcus and Maria Pond, grew up in Castle Rock, Minnesota, before graduating in 1965 from Northfield High School, Minnesota.

Don met the love of his life with Linda Spartz and they were married on September 14, 1968 while attending high school. Last September, they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Their love brought them three sons, who in turn gave birth to six grandchildren who perfectly honor their grandparents.

In 1969, Don graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture. Shortly after college, he went to work on a family farm at Bailey Nurses Inc. He started working inside. A.D. In 1972, Don left the dairy industry and returned to Bailey, realizing that his real interest was in fruits and vegetables.

Don and Linda In 1977, Don moved to the West when he was selected to oversee Bailey’s farm in Yamhil, Oregon. For 35 years, Don has managed the West Coast division of Bailey Nurses, and later expanded into several farms in Yamhil County, including farms on Savage Island and Sunnyside, Washington. Don has served as Vice President of Bailey Nurses and has served on the Board of Directors.

Don became a respected nursery breeder with the ability to grow plants and grow people

Over the years, Don has formed many relationships and friendships that he loves to the end. Don was very happy to have his shovel in his hand while he was digging and growing his plants until he retired in 2011. After his retirement, he was often referred to as the person he loved most.

Throughout his life, Don has had the joy of spending time with his family. He enjoyed many vacations in eastern Oregon and around Lake Walowa and loved the Oregon coast. Don and Linda have always looked forward to traveling home to visit families in Minnesota and Florida.

During his retirement, Don and Linda enjoyed traveling to New Zealand, the Holy Land, Europe, Mexico, and Hawaii along with other destinations. One highlight of the summer was a family trip to Maui with his wife, children, and family, which created another lasting memory.

Don and Linda love to spend time with each other and can be seen on daily walks for years in the Yamhil or Carlton area. They enjoyed doing puzzles, various card games, and Sunday night popcorn. Don can usually be found when he “sits” on the property.

In his retirement, Don enjoys every minute of his life with his grandchildren.

They enjoyed countless trips to the Yamhil River, playing in the jungle on the property, cutting down trees, picking apples, picking apples, spraying, playing basketball, throwing soccer, playing in the barn, 4-wheeler and cobwebs. Riders, and many other shenigans. He was a player who stood by his grandchildren in sports.

Don was a longtime member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Yamhil, where he served as a sacramental, sacramental minister, finance committee member, and theologian. He was a member of the Lion Club and was always willing to lend a helping hand to the church and the community where he served on the school board.

He helped train his children in youth sports. Later in his life, he loved going to the Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers and Seattle Sehawks soccer with his kids. A “confused” fan, Don was often seen wearing ducks and beavers at the same time.

This was a good conversation when he said that he had a son who was studying at a university. He was also pleased with the outcry from the Vikings in Minnesota and the Portland route.

The hunter-gatherer, Don, never found the big bull, but he enjoyed those walks in the woods, especially with his son David.

In addition to countless friends and relatives, Don survived with his wife, Linda; Their children, Adam (Nicole) Isaac, Washington, Alex (Christine) Yamhil, Oregon and David (Julie) Warren Pond, Oregon; As well as grandchildren, Tyler, Ruby, Gabriel, Fiona, Lydia and Amelia. He also survived the death of his brother Robert “Bob” Lake (Brigitte) in Leville, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus and Maria Pond; And Sister Betty (Rich) Les.

Humble man, Don Pand was simply “as good as he could be” and “absolutely wonderful” to borrow his two words.

Funeral services will be held at St. John the Evangelical Catholic Church in Yamhil on Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 am Rosary. Reception immediately at Vandyke Farms, 15221 NW Westside Rd, Yamhill, or. It may be dedicated to St. John the Catholic Church or to a charity of your choice.

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