Donald Dee Cardon
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March 23, 1934 ~ December 16, 2017

Donald D. Cardon, 83, of Mesa, Arizona, died on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from complications following hip replacement surgery.
Born in Camas, Washington, on March 23, 1934, to Lon and Thelma Cardon, Don attended Fort Vancouver High School, and entered the United States Navy in 1951, where he served on the USS Point Cruz during the Korean War.
Following his military service Don formed his own companies, both in construction and real estate. He eventually went to work for HUD, where he retired as the Deputy Executive Director in Kitsap County in 1997.
Don enjoyed numerous activities with his wife and four children, including camping, fishing, and waterskiing. He was also active in Kiwanis, Elks, and Little League in Vancouver, WA - where he coached his son, DJ. He, and his wife Sheila, enjoyed hunting, bowling, and golfing together for many years.
Don loved spending time with a wide circle of family and friends, whom he told his numerous jokes and stories, and sang his silly songs. For the past twenty years Don lived in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife, where they enjoyed many happy days on the golf course next to their home. They would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in February.
Donald is survived by his wife, Sheila Cardon; three of his four adult children, Victoria Lindstrom; Dorene Cardon Cortnik; Donald (DJ) Cardon; and eleven grandchildren - as well as his brothers, Bob Cardon, and Ken Cardon. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karla Cardon, and his sister, Betty Witt-Bridger.
A military service tribute was held on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 10, 2018.
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January 18, 2018
USS Point Cruz (CVE-119)
It was on the mourn
That I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
Don was young
And he was at the rail
Roger Sheetz
January 11, 2018
Sheila, Haw sad for you losing your Don. Knowing how hard it will be for you to cope I am sending prayers to you & the kids.
Lois Swanstrom
January 11, 2018
Don was the age of my brother, Ron Vogel (now deceased). I remember Don, and his brothers, as decent young boys. I recall my brother being able to walk to Don's home. Our address had been 1920 Grant Street and we all attended Hough Elementary School. Please accept my condolences.
Donna (Vogel) Keller
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