Don R. Kantas

kantasd.jpgDon Raymon Kantas, 70, died on Monday, January 30, 2012 at his home in Shelton, WA.

Don was born on April 20, 1941 to Harry and Angeline (Mainates) Kantas in Portland, OR. He graduated from Park Rose High School in Portland, Or in 1960, attended Oregon Polytech and received his Associates of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1960, he served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves, being honorably discharged in 1968.

He married Joan Fursman in 1965 and divorced. He was later married to Colleen McGee in 1997 and divorced in 2008. Don worked in the sawmill industry for over 30 years as a mill superintendent and plant manager. He was best known for breaking production records and his unconventional or “old school” management style. Previous employers include Louisiana Pacific Corp, Wisconsin, Little Skookum Lumber Co, Shelton, Mary’s River Lumber Co, Montesano, Bambee Mill Inc, Renton, Treesource Co, Spanaway and Tumwater Lumber.

Mr. Kantas was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and the Elks. He was a hard working man who enjoyed sports and helped coach Little League.

He is survived by his daughter, Mia Kantas, Shelton; sons, Tony Kantas (Sonja Cady), Olympia and Steve Kantas, Shelton; sisters, Marsha Beckman (Marv), Portland, OR and Christine Kantas, Medford, OR; brothers, Andrew Kantas, Paris Kantas (Cecil) and Mark Kantas, all of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Alex, Gabbie and Noah Kantas and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Shelton on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at noon with a reception to follow. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.