Donald V. Daniels 1939-2018

Don passed away on December 15, 2018 at his home in Ferndale, WA surrounded by his loving family.

Don was born in 1939 to Donald and Edith Daniels in Mare Island, California where his father was stationed as a Naval submariner officer. Don grew up in the navy town and at age 19 he met his wife, Ruby, and they secretly eloped in 1960.

Don worked for 26 years as a design engineer in Silicon Valley, where he co-founded six companies, earned 14 design patents and established his own consulting business.

Don and his wife left the hectic pace of the Bay Area in 1986. During twenty five years on San Juan Island, Washington, Don became an accomplished fisherman, boater and wood turner. He exhibited in many local art shows and sold his work in several prestigious galleries on the West Coast.

Don’s proudest achievement was his 58 year marriage to Ruby and raising their kids to become capable, honorable and caring adults.

Don was a devoted husband as well as the loving father of his two sons and daughter, seven grandchildren and one great grandson. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

A private memorial service is planned for summer 2019.

In lieu of flowers; donations can be made to:

Whatcom Hospice (2901 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham, WA 98225) or the

Wounded Warrior Project (P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675).

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