Don E. Anderson, 85, of Arlington passed away January 1, 2018, surrounded by family in Heppner, Oregon. A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Oregon. A reception will follow at the Gronquist Building in Arlington.
He was born May 30, 1932, the only son of Edgar and Margaret McKinney Anderson. He grew up on the family ranch in the Blalock Canyon area near Arlington, Oregon, that was homesteaded in 1888. He attended school in Arlington, graduating from Arlington High School in 1950.
Don served in the United States Army from 1953-1955, stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He stayed in contact with many of his Army buddies throughout his life.
Besides the wheat and cattle ranch, Don’s only real hobby in his younger years was the occasional weekend rodeo. That hobby led him to the Morrow County Fair and Rodeo, where he met rodeo queen Patricia Ann Wright. They were married November 30, 1957. Don and Patricia combined their family ranches, which are still in operation today.
Don enjoyed good horses and cattle. He was recognized as the lifetime commercial cattleman honoree at the Western Nugget Nation Hereford Show in 2005 by the Western States Hereford Association. In 1990 and 1991 he was selected by the American Hereford Association to judge Hereford carloads at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver, Colorado. Don also enjoyed watching high school and college sporting events, traveling to Hereford bull sales and visiting with people in the livestock industry.
He was a member of the Oregon Cattleman’s Association, Oregon Wheat Growers League and Condon Elks Lodge #1869 and was active with the Arlington Saddle Club for many years.
Survivors include daughter Tami Rietmann and her husband Mark of Heppner; son Brad Anderson and his wife Sally of Arlington; granddaughters Shelly McCabe and her husband Adam of Ione, Shanna Sallee and her husband Mike of Hermiston and Tatianna Taylor of Hood River; great-grandchildren Anson McCabe and Tessa Sallee; and friend Cheryl Thomas of Hood River. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia and his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arlington Education Foundation, P.O. Box 451, Arlington, OR 97812 or to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 9, Heppner, OR 97836.
Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in care of arrangements.