Donald Arthur "Don" Generaux
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DONALD ARTHUR GENERAUX
June 10, 1925 ~ August 16, 2015

An avid airplane enthusiast and pilot, Don Generaux took his final flight Sunday, August 16 dipping over the horizon and into the eternal light. Born in Portland to Lloyd and Alice Pearson Generaux, the family homesteaded in Ridgefield in 1929. Don and older brother Harry attended Good Hope Primary School and went on to graduate from Ridgefield High School during the WWII conflict. Harry joined the Air Force, serving as a decorated B17 pilot, while Don, who joined the Army two years later, was stationed in U.S. occupied Korea at war's-end.

Returning home, Don married high school sweetheart, Patricia Gross and enrolled at Western Washington in Bellingham, earning a degree in Education. Blessed with natural athletic abilities, he had a short stint in semi-pro baseball and was a member of the Western golf team. Don began his teaching career at Fruit Valley Elementary, transitioning thereafter to Lewis Junior High as a math/ industrial arts instructor and freshman head baseball coach - an assignment he thoroughly enjoyed.

After obtaining a Masters degree in Guidance Counseling from Oregon State University, Don moved to Hudson's Bay High School where he became a much-beloved counselor and mentor to students. In 1970, Don headed up the counseling staff for the opening of the new Fort Vancouver High School, where he completed his career.

An excellent craftsman, Don supplemented early teaching years by working as a carpenter. With the help of wife Patty and son Guy, they built their own homes, including two residences on Green Meadows Golf Club, where the family became original charter members.

In the mid-1950s, Don was treated to a flight in a rented Fairchild Tandem Trainer with brother Harry at the controls. Don was immediately hooked. He studied vigorously to earn his pilot's license, taking lessons from legendary instructor Wally Olson at Evergreen. Don also had restored antique Fords and was a longtime member of the Vancouver Slo Poks and Early Ford V8 Club.

This inclination carried over to airplanes as Don and a friend acquired a rare 1942 Meyers OTW biplane, which they worked on and flew to air shows. Don was devastated when his partner was killed in a crash of the biplane. Salvaging the wreckage, he eventually restored it to like-new condition. The Meyers became a showpiece at vintage aircraft displays up and down the West Coast and often was featured in Pearson Air Museum exhibits. Over the years, Don gave rides to hundreds of admirers, and he served a term as president of the Northwest Antique Air Club.

Don is survived by brother, Harry Generaux (Margaret); son, Guy Generaux (Pamela); granddaughter, Courtney Generaux Olson (Craig); grandson, Brian Thomas; nephew, David Generaux (Laura); former wife, Patty Generaux; former wife, Dottie (Fern) Generaux; plus three stepchildren and their families.

Special appreciation goes to supportive friends Dave Pickering and the late Carol Lawrence. The family also thanks the nearly 100 people who attended Don's recent 90th birthday celebration at his hangar in June. The family has opted for a private memorial remembrance.

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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2015.
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September 20, 2015
September 4, 2015
I also remember the "Dawn patrol.I have many wonderful memories of flying to some of the wonderful exciting places, like Vernonia, where you and Paul became a movie star, and Woodland,where we ate great cinnammon rolls. Through these years I still look up to the sky when I hear a round engine fly over me,hoping to see the silver Meyers and the blue Curtis fly over.
As the ages pass by we need to say goodbye to our loved ones and it is difficult. In the past 14 years I have lost my father, mother, sister, and recently my husband.The aching in our hearts dim somewhat. We know they are "up there" waiting for us.
Don was a wonderful, kind, warm and generous man.
God bless you all, I keep you in my prayers.
Colleen Beachner-Latt
August 30, 2015
Dear Guy and Pam and Courtney, Craig and David,
I am wishing that I could have made it to the Big Family reunion you had last summer.....I would have loved to see your father. My best wishes for all of you, and, I know that he was so fortunate to have all of you with him in his later part of life.

From Celeste and Grandma Donna Generaux, Vanessa Generaux and Glenn Generaux. Great photos. I did not know that your father flew a Bi Wing Plane. Is OTW an otter, that lands on lakes? I really hope to come see all of you soon.
Celeste and Family Generaux
August 28, 2015
In 1945 Don joins the U.S. Army, eventually serving in Korea
August 28, 2015
Birthday Party Portrait, Green Meadows Golf Club 1975
August 28, 2015
Don's 1942 Meyers OTW biplane, Pearson Air Museum
August 28, 2015
Brian Thomas, Craig Olson, Guy Generaux & Courtney Generaux Olson with Don and his '34 Ford Coupe
August 28, 2015
August 28, 2015
The day we flew high in the bi-plane!
Guy and Pam we are so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You introduced him to us so many years ago; always greeting us with his warm and friendly ways. Bob had a deep respect for him, his knowledge and his enthusiasm with their common interest of collector cars. He treated us to a ride in his beloved bi-plane; still tops in our memory book! We will remember Don as the kind and gentle man that he was - safe journey home, eh! from your Canadian friends.
Bon and Sharon Lee
August 28, 2015
Don was a great guy. I recall him giving me a wonderful ride in his airplane. He was also a good friend to my Dad, Skeets Mehrer. Don will be missed. Hugs to the entire family.
Patty Whtney
August 27, 2015
Guy & Pam, I have mixed emotions about Don's passing. we are losing a great friend on the one hand, but the suffering was too long and now it's over. As you well know we spent several hundred hours flying side by side in formation in our old bi-planes going on air tours, to airshows for display and many, many fly-ins. The stories and adventures we could share. But, above all that was the fantastic relationship we maintained thru all those years. I can honestly say that Don was my best friend. I think that he and my Carol are having the last laugh on the other side. Paul Lawrence Vancouver, Wash & Evergreen field
August 27, 2015
One of my great cousins!!
Jeanne Spann
August 25, 2015
Don was my counselor at Fort many years ago but I remember him as kind and understanding. He made an impact on my life. Bless him on his new adventure. Bridget Remington-Murphy
August 25, 2015
I first met Don when I came to Hudson's Bay in 1966.He helped me as my mentor and friend. For many, many years thereafter, he was someone with whom I could go to for help and advice. Always a friend, sometimes a father figure and just a great guy to know.I will remember him often as one of those special persons who touched my life. God bless you and may your skies always be clear.
Michael Bruener
August 24, 2015
Life with Don was never boring, and he lived life LARGE! In his retirement, every day was a new adventure! He treasured the friendships and comraderie of his many friends, neighbors and acquaintances: The airplane groups...Evergreen was home, but his passion was Pearson Air Museum of which he was a founding member. The vintage car club events were always a joy to him (Slo Pok "Alley Night" comes to mind) as well as his involvement in the Vancouver Elks, (bowling team) American Legion, Moose Lodge and the V.F.W., where he enjoyed having lunch with friends.
His students were so special. It was rare to have a restaurant meal without the happy interruption of a former student who recognized their favorite teacher/counselor and wanted to say "Hello". How he delighted in that!
Don loved to entertain, and the Welcome mat was always out.
His family and young grandkids were a joy to him and he never missed a special occasion, a ballgame or the opportunity to give them a ride in one of the old cars, or a flight in the Meyers OTW.
He will be missed by us all, and is surely flying "Dawn Patrol" with his dear departed pilot friends...
Dottie
Dottie Generaux
August 23, 2015
gUy and Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. don and I remained friends to the end even tho I did not get to see that often.
Betty Hoyt
August 23, 2015
I remember Don & Patty from 47 years ago - we lived across the golf course from them. At Hudson's Bay, Don was my counselor/mentor and he was a warm, caring, honest and reassuring person. I ran into Don a few times over the years and he was always the same person.
My thoughts are with his family -
JoAnne (Andruss) Sutton
August 23, 2015
Don, thank you for all the good times in the air and on the ground, you put Evergreen and Pearson on the map, I know you have the runway in sight , dip you wings for Wally and all of on the ground. respectfully Bruce and Kathy Barker Battleground
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