DONALD R. WENDT
July 3, 1937 ~ January 24, 2015
"Don was outgoing, had a great sense
of humor, and many friends."
Don passed away Jan. 24, 2015 at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital in Vancouver, WA. He was born July 3, 1937 to Dorothy and Walter Wendt. They lived in a logging camp near Cathlamet, WA. After Don's first year of school, the family moved to a farm near Battle Ground, WA. He played football, basketball, and baseball, and graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1955 with many good friends.
Don went on to Clark College where he played basketball, baseball and golf. He attended Linfield College where he also played football and got his Bachelors degree in Education.
After graduating from college in 1961, Don taught and coached at Ridgefield School District for four years. He then taught, was a counselor, and coached at Woodland School District for 26 years.
Don retired from education in 1990 but returned to coach Girls Golf in Woodland. During his retirement years he had a small business building custom golf clubs and taught golf lessons at his home.
Don loved to play golf, hunt, and fish. He loved knowing about, helping, and coaching kids. He was also hard working, cutting fire wood, pruning apple trees, and clearing berry vines.
Don is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ruth; daughters, Rikka Witham and Brita Wendt, both of Gresham, OR; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; sister, Jackie Lathrup; three nephews and a niece.
He was preceded in death by both parents; a brother-in-law, Jack Lathrup; and his cousin, Bob Wendt.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Woodland Presbyterian Church on Tues., Feb. 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Donations can be made to Klager Lilac Garden or the charity of your choice
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits
Published by The Columbian on Feb. 1, 2015.