Ronald Dale Donaldson | Obituary


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Ronald Dale Donaldson, 73, of Yakima WA, handed away peacefully along with his household by his facet at Cottage within the Meadow on March 3, 2021 simply in time to take his begin within the clouds. He was born September 5, 1947, son of Russell and Carol Donaldson, and older brother of Ken Donaldson.

Throughout his youth, Ron was lively in sports activities. He began bowling as a toddler and was a mean of 197 years previous as an grownup. He additionally cherished youth baseball and was proud to be part of the 65 state champion staff, Yakima Legion. He shared his love of the game by teaching six seasons of faculty sports activities. Searching and fly fishing had been additionally on his record of favourite actions. Anybody who knew him was nicely conscious of his enthusiasm for golf which began in 1978 and lasted till the top. Throughout his {golfing} profession he has received two championships at Elk’s Golf and Nation Membership and his pure expertise has earned him seven holes in a single!

Ron achieved his training within the Yakima Faculty District, graduating from Davis Excessive Faculty with the well-known class of ’65. From there he went to Central Washington College the place he majored in music training and composition. His spotlight was having the respect of being educated by world-renowned composer Paul Creston and graduating in 1969, the identical yr he married his first spouse, Sheryl Liebert.

MD, as his college students known as him, by no means labored a day in his life. His ardour for instructing fueled an unimaginable profession the place he taught great musicians in addition to those that cherished to play in bands. Everybody was welcome of their orchestra and choirs. MD has maintained contact with a number of of his former college students and if any of them noticed his former instructor in public, he greeted him with a heat smile and open arms.

The final 16 years of his 30 years of shaping younger musical minds have been spent main the Davis Buccaneer group. After his retirement Ron spent as a lot time as he may on the Elks {golfing} along with his great spouse or successful bets with golf “pigeons”.

He additionally loved his household journeys to Maui, flying south along with his spouse every winter to Rancho Mirage, and spending high quality time with family and friends.

Ron is predeceased by his dad and mom Russell and Carol Donaldson. He’s survived by his lovely spouse, Lo, 25 years previous; his brother Ken (Terri) Donaldson; 5 youngsters: Brian (Jeannie) Huck; Becky (Brad) Wickenhagen; Scott (Jenn) Huck; USAF Captain Christopher (Janea) Donaldson and Lisa Donaldson. Additionally ten grandchildren and three nice grandchildren.

At his request, there might be no formal providers. Donations in Ron’s reminiscence could be made to the Yakima Elks Golf and Nation Membership Rose Backyard Memorial. Please go to to share a reminiscence or condolence with the household.

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