Jan. 7, 1946 — Aug. 13, 2022
Donald D. Corkrum was born on January 7, 1946, to Elmer and Lucille (Groom) Corkrum in Walla Walla, Washington. Don obtained a bachelor of science diploma in mechanical engineering from Washington State College. He labored for Procter & Gamble in Sacramento, California, after which moved to the Pacific Northwest to just accept an engineering function at Weyerhaeuser, the place he labored for greater than 30 years.
Don cherished to be lively and concerned along with his household and his neighborhood. He served a time period as a Rainier Metropolis Councilman, advocated for his colleagues at work, helped on the Farmers’ Market, and repeatedly attended church at Longview and Kelso United Presbyterian church buildings, the place he served as a member of the choir and deacon. Whereas his favourite sport was basketball, he additionally performed racquetball, pickleball, slow-pitch softball and frisbee golf. If he didn’t coach or referee, he was a proud and enthusiastic spectator; and a prepared chaperone for his youngsters’s and grandchildren’s sports activities, music, theater, and different extracurricular actions.
Whereas a well-respected engineer, his dry humor, innate curiosity, playfulness and kindness endeared him to youngsters of all ages. Household tenting and street journeys have been amongst his favourite pastimes as a guardian. Together with his AAA Triptiks and journey guides, household street journeys took them all through the US the place they stopped at historic websites, nationwide parks and landmarks whereas they visited family and friends alongside the way in which. As the one guardian of three, he additionally was affectionately often known as the Neighborhood Dad. Youngsters of the neighborhood have been typically discovered on the Corkrum home or yard, enjoying on the slip ’n slide he crafted, performing skits for all of the dad and mom, or studying to ski from him at White Go or Mount Hood. He and his grandchildren continued to be enchanted to his final day.
In 1987, Don met the love of his life, Nancy. They have been married on March 11, 1989, in Longview. True to his nature, he welcomed her youngsters Annette, Eric and Michelle with open arms. Nancy introduced immeasurable pleasure to his already joyful life. They accomplished each other and supported one another’s distinctive skills and strengths as they traveled collectively abroad, to their far-flung youngsters, and wherever with a seaside. He loved aiding Nancy keep their lush tropical/cottage acre and exhibiting her his frequent scenic routes. They loved winters in Indio, California, the place they made much more mates
Don was preceded in demise by his dad and mom; his brother Robert; son Keith; and grandson Christopher Warren.
He’s survived by his spouse, Nancy Corkrum; sons Michael (and Adonna) Corkrum of Fort Stockton, Texas, Eric (and Becky) Steinhardt of Beaverton, Oregon, daughters Stephanie Pinkard of Augusta, Georgia, Annette (and Steve) Steinhardt of Austin, Texas, Michelle (and Robbie) Scott of Fort Rock, Washington; his sister, Linda (and Jim) Gumm of Oregon Metropolis, Oregon; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Donations could also be made to Household Promise of the Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church.
A celebration of life service was held at Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church on August 19, 2022.