Donovan “Don” King Jr. left us and went to heaven on Tuesday September 13, 2022.
Don was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, at Josephine Memorial Hospital on November 17, 1938, to Don and Edna King. He grew up in Selma, Oregon, and graduated from Illinois Valley High School in 1956. Don studied fisheries biology at Oregon State University and graduated in 1962. His career as a Biologist included the Oregon State Game commission from 1962 to 1969, the BLM from 1969 to 1976, and the U.S. Forest Service from 1976 to 1992.
Don loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, and rock hounding. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Grants Pass. He enjoyed history and was a proud lifetime Oregonian. He was a member of the Model A Ford Club of America and The Northwest Steelheaders.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Werna “Vicky” King in 2006, and his sister Charlotte Rauber in 1982.
He is survived by his daughter Rhonda Ziegler of Grants Pass, Oregon; his son Steven King of Warrenton, Oregon; his step-son Chad Johnson of Canby, Oregon; his step-daughter Nichola Johnson of Grants Pass, Oregon; two nephews Mark Rauber of Minden, Nevada and Matt Rauber of Mountain Home, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Don was our father and our friend. His final wish was that his passing would provide an opportunity for others to hear a message of salvation and enjoy the peace he received in his relationship with Jesus.
A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors, officiated by Pastor Pete Allen.
Don will be buried in private at Deer Creek Cemetery in Selma, Oregon.
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