Donald John Robertson
Don was born in Ashland, Oregon to Ragnwald and Pearl Robertson on December 1, 1929. He spent his early years through grade school in Chiloquin, Oregon. When Don's father enrolled in the Navy during WWII, the family moved to a small farm in Ashland, Oregon near his grandfather.
When Don's father left, he was instructed to take care of his four younger sisters and mother. This was a big responsibility that he took seriously. He tended their large garden and milked the cow, Judy, before school. He had a three mile walk to school and at times got in trouble for being late. Gas was rationed and the family could not afford to drive the car. At that time, most of the young men were in the service and the lumber mills and lumber camps were always in need of workers. Beginning at age 15, Don spent summers working in the woods doing a variety of logging jobs.
At Ashland High School, Don was active in many areas of school life, but sports were limited because of responsibilities at home. When his father returned from the service, they moved to Prospect, Oregon where he spent his last year of high school. One day, after insulting the school bus driver on his dangerous and terrible driving, the bus driver quit and Don was called into the school office, where the superintendent told him he was now the school bus driver. He drove the superintendent's car to Medford and obtained his driver's license and bus driver's license at the same time. Don's experience driving the bus in the ice and snow and to sporting events over steep mountain roads made him a safe and slow driver.
With his money from driving the bus and working in the summer, Don went to Oregon State College to major in Industrial Arts and enrolled in the ROTC program. There was no health insurance for students at that time. After two students were injured on campus, Don spent a year promoting student health insurance and was successful in making insurance available to all students. Instead of athletics, he was involved in student government, side jobs around town and the Baptist College Youth Group, where he met the love of his life, Pauleta.
When Don graduated in 1954, he and Pauleta were married and then headed off to Fort Belvoir, Virginia for officers' training. Fort Lewis was the next step and Don spent his two years in charge of the camp's youth center. It was wonderful training for his high school teaching. On Sundays he taught a high school boys bible study.
Don's first teaching position was in Sweet Home, Oregon where he quickly came to love the wonderful families in this community. Don and Pauleta were youth leaders at the Church of Christ and Don also was a Boy Scout leader. The next move was to Portland where he took a teaching position at Tigard High School. He stayed with the Tigard School District for thirty years. Don loved teaching and each student was special to him.
In retirement, Don reluctantly joined his wife in world travel. He loved time at home, but once on his way, he enjoyed their many adventures. From the North Cape of Norway to the southern tip of Chile, the camel ride in the Mongolian Gobi desert to the camel ride in the Australian outback, and many places in between. The opportunity to spend time with his Norwegian cousins was very special to him. Don had serious health problems but never complained or let them stop him from enjoying life to the fullest. He always had a smile and positive attitude.
Don was a man of great faith that loved the Lord. He was a charter member of Tigard Christian Church and over the years was very involved. He had deep compassion for Wi- Ne-Ma Christian Camp.
Don leaves behind his wife Pauleta, sisters Dora Wisely (Dave) and MaryAnne Lilly, children Marlene Pinkstaff (Clyde), Sandon Robertson (Pam Noyes) and Jan Schulze (Glenn), grandchildren Jill Murfin (Jeremie), William Robertson, Kristy Dodd (Matt), Ryan Schulze (Nicki), Dane Schulze (Jill) and ten great-grandchildren. Don was predeceased by his brother Bill and his sisters Beverly Inacker, Betty Ovren and Helen M. Martin.
In remembrance of Don, donations may be sent to Wi-Ne- Ma Christian Camp in Cloverdale, Oregon.