Donald “Don” Ray Yorke

Yorke_Donald.jpgDonald “Don” Ray Yorke, 83, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Mason General Hospital. He was born on December 16, 1929 in Clearwater, NE to Roy and Alice (Briggs) Yorke. Don attended high school in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle. He married Laura Ashbaugh in Shelton, WA in September of 1977. Don had previously been married to Colleen O’Dell whom he divorced. He worked as a machinist and supervisor for Certified Aerospace Company in Shelton, starting in 1959 and working until his retirement 32 years later. Don was a past member of the Nimrod Club in Shelton. He enjoyed four wheeling, boating, hunting, camping, taking a boat trip to Alaska, working on cars, tinkering, traveling to Arizona for the winter with his wife (snowbirds), panning for gold in Arizona and rock hounding. Donald is survived by his wife, Laura Yorke of Shelton; four sons, Doug Yorke (Fran) of San Jose, CA, Russ Yorke of Phoenix, AZ, Thom Yorke, (Janna) of Shelton and Bob Yorke (Paulette) of Lacey, WA; three step-sons, Glenn Lockwood (Brenda) of Madison, WI, Scott Lockwood(Robyn) of Shelton and Sam Lockwood (Julie) of Kalama, WA; brother, Lawrence Yorke of Auburn, WA; two sisters, Marge Munson of Bonney Lake, WA and Barb Benson of Puyallup, WA; 16 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alice Yorke and step-daughter, Janet Walker. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.