Donald C. Mahaffey a 17 year resident of Kettle Falls, Wash., graduated to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully in Spokane, on October 20, 2013, five days before his 71st birthday. He was born October 25, 1942, in Aberdeen, to James and Kay (Compton) Mahaffey.
When Don was 16 he joined the Marine reserves. Following his graduation from J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Don enlisted in the Marine Corp. His daughter, Torie was born in 1962, and then he was deployed to Vietnam in 1963, where he spent the next couple of years before returning home after being wounded twice. He received two purple hearts and was retired out. While overseas he earned his 4th degree black belt in karate.
Don met Dee Dee and they were joined together in marriage in Seattle in June of 1967. Later that year he talked Dee Dee into moving to an Island in Alaska, where he said there were no spiders, so she was happy to go with him. While there, Don worked as a policeman and he quickly found out that there were spiders on that island. They soon moved back to Washington when she became pregnant. He eventually went to work for the U.S. Post Office at the bulk mail facility in Federal Way, WA in the 70’s and retired from there in 1995.
Don loved working on projects, especially ones that were crafted from wood. He spent countless hours working on their home in Kettle Falls, where he built a huge portico and deck on the house. From this labor of love, he and Dee Dee shared many hours together relaxing and enjoying their surroundings. In his later years, Don loved to preach the gospel, read the bible and many books about biblical teachings and relationships with Christ. He also loved his guitar, which Dee Dee said was Don’s second wife. Don enjoyed watching the History Channel. Don loved his Savior, the Lord Jesus, and his family above all others. He was very proud to be a veteran, also had an extreme love for his country and being a true patriot. Don enjoyed listening to the blues and smooth jazz music as he worked on all sorts of projects. He will be greatly missed, but we will see him again.
Don is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Dee Dee of over 46 years; son, Shannon Mahaffey and wife, Kim; daughter, Torie Lewis and husband, Robert; brother, James Mahaffey and wife, Sutton; brother, Alan Mahaffey; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins; along with his honorary sons, Mickial Woods and Cesar Valdez.
A memorial service for Don will be held at the Kettle Falls Grange, at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013, with a potluck to follow. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warriors. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.