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Donald "Don" Ray Pladson

September 8, 1937 ~ October 2, 2020 (age 83)


Donald Ray Pladson,  83, passed away on Friday October 2, 2020.  There was a private family service held on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at Whispering Pines Funeral Home.  Rev. Curtis Ziesky of Our Saviors Lutheran Church was the officiant.  To light a candle for Don or leave an on-line condolence for the family, please go to

Donald was born on September 8, 1937 to Osten  Halvor and Gyda Judith (Severson) Pladson.   He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Hatton, North Dakota.  He attended school in Hatton, ND graduating from Hatton High School. He then went on to trade school graduating with a Business Degree in Grand Forks, ND.  Don then went on to work as an accountant at the Grand Forks Air Base.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force and went into pilot training at Lack Land Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas,  he transferred to Whiteman Air Force Base near Kansas City, Missouri.  After 2 years of service he received an honorable discharge.

Don went on to find employment with Xerox in Denver, Colorado and work for that company for approximately 20 years.  He traveled extensively and won many awards.   Don then went to work for Advanced Controls in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was experienced in electronics and became a field service engineer, and was in charge of the entire East Coast companies that needed their computers repaired. Don retired to Bemidji, Minnesota for approximately 15 years before moving to Spokane Valley, Washington and finally to Prineville, Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his mother; Gyda and father; Osten, and brother; Gordon Pladson.

Don is survived by his wife of 60 years; Betty, daughter, Wendy (Pladson) McCullough, grandson;  Marc McCullough, granddaughter; Kristen (McCullough) Young, sister; Mary (Pladson) Beeh, brother; Bruce Pladson, great-granddaughters; Jade and Ruby McCullough and Gwendolyn Young.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.  3168 NE 3rd Street – Prineville, Oregon  97754     541-416-9733

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