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Donald Lacy

January 7, 1927 March 29, 2019
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DONALD ELMER LACY - “A Life of Service”

Donald Elmer Lacy, 92, a resident of the Hillsboro community, slipped away peacefully Friday morning, March 29, 2019 at an adult care home in Beaverton. He was surrounded in love by family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 18 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm at the Hillsboro Knights of Pythias Hall at 151 SE 2nd Ave, Hillsboro, Oregon. (Upstairs on the second floor with a chairlift available.)

Private Cremation Rites were held at the Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove.

DONALD ELMER LACY was born January 7, 1927 in Del Norte, Colorado, the son of the late Elmer Lacy and Iva (Canterbury) Lacy.Don received his education in the Hoquiam, Washington and Montesano, Washington communities. Don first demonstrated his spirit of service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served as an Electricians Mate Petty Officer on several ships and was in the Seabees from 1944-1948. In 1950, Don was recalled to serve in the Korean War through 1953. After his military service ended, Don attended the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Claremont College in California, majoring in education and earning both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in his field of study. Because Don entered the Navy at a young age, he had never graduated from high school. Nevertheless, with his lifelong penchant for learning, it could be said that Don had achieved nearly the equivalent of a Ph.D.

Don was united in marriage to Viona Jeane Haugen on October 8, 1950 in Oakland, California. Following their marriage, they resided in the communities of Corvallis, Oregon and Central Point, Oregon until they moved to the Hillsboro community in 1969, where they established their strongest roots. Don and Viona happily celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2000, shortly before Viona’s passing in 2001. After Viona’s passing, Don, at 74, moved to Alaska at the invitation of his sister, Dixie and her husband, Everett to fulfill his dream of building a log cabin. He spent his days fishing, preparing his own smoked salmon and relaxing in the natural beauty of his own personal “last frontier.”

Don worked as a high school teacher for 31 years. He enjoyed teaching and tutoring Oregon high school students at Crater High School in Central Point and at Beaverton High School. His specialties were history, economics and English. Don was also the speech coach at both high schools.

He was a member of the fraternal order of The Knights of Pythias for more than 50 years, having served as Grand Chancellor of Oregon in 1990-1991. Don was also a proud member of the Hillsboro Kiwanis, the SMART Reading Program and the League of Women Voters. And, continuing his dedication to community service, Don was also a supporter of Medford’s Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Hillsboro Library and The Knights of Pythias program called “Share the Spirit” in which he served as Santa Claus along with his wife, Viona as “Mrs. Claus” for over 25 years. Again, in his “spare” time, Don was also a participant and contributor to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Hillsboro and the Loyal Order of Moose International.

Additionally, Don enjoyed being a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America, helping others with their own projects, gardening, camping and just being outdoors, though “repairing things,” painting, woodworking and leather-working were close behind.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Viona Jeane Haugen Lacy; parents, Elmer and Iva Lacy; son, John Lacy; his brothers, John Lacy, Ivan Lacy, Dallas Lacy; his sisters, Lillian Wilson, Esther Holland, and Betty Lancaster.

Survivors include four of his children and their spouses: Kathlene Henry, of Beaverton, Oregon; Maureen and Phillip Murphy, of Forest Grove, Oregon; Shelley and Donald Corby, of Aloha, Oregon and Brenda and Paul Branson, of Abington, Pennsylvania and his sister, Dixie Logan, of Rochester, Washington. Also surviving are his 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Since Don was an educator at heart and he loved both nature and people, he donated both his time and money to a wide array of charitable causes. Some of his favorites were the SMART Reading Program for Kids through Hillsboro Kiwanis, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity and the Oregon Pythian Continuing Education Fund (OPCEF). Should you be interested in making a contribution in Don’s memory, the family suggests that you follow their father’s lead and select a charity of your choice.

Don enjoyed being in service to others – first his family, then his country, his students and his community.

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2:00 PM 5/18/2019 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 5/18/2019 5:00:00 PM
Hillsboro Knights of Pythias Hall

151 SE 2nd Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Upstairs on the second floor with a chairlift available.

Hillsboro Knights of Pythias Hall
151 SE 2nd Avenue Hillsboro 97123 OR
United States

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