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Donald Wesley Mundlin

In Memoriam

Donald Wesley Mundlin

 

Donald “Don” Wesley Mundlin of Medford, Oregon, passed away at home on Thursday January 24 at the age of 70 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

 

Don was born on August 10, 1948 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Ralph and Betty Jo Mundlin.  In the mid-1950s, the family moved to Medford and then to Central Point, where he graduated from Crater High School in 1966.  He graduated from Southern Oregon College in 1970 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

 

In 1967, Don married Sheila Mae Schoonover of Eagle Point at First Baptist Church of Medford.  They lived outside of Eagle Point and in Central Point before buying their home in Medford, where he lived until his death.

 

Don’s dream was to fly airplanes in the United States Air Force.  In the fall of 1970, he served eighteen days before it was determined that his allergies disqualified him for a position as either a pilot or navigator, and he was honorably discharged on November 18, 1970.

 

In the 1970s, Don went on to work for Boise Cascade, Timber Products, and Jeddeloh Bros. Sweed Mills.  In 1979, he was hired by the City of Medford as a draftsman.  He soon became a Public Works supervisor, overseeing motor pool maintenance, then traffic control, signage and striping.  He retired in 2009, with about 300 people in attendance at his retirement party.  He was gifted with a pair of tickets to Washington, DC, where he and Sheila enjoyed visiting monuments and museums, especially the National Air and Space Museum and the Udvar-Hazy Center.

 

Don and Sheila loved autocross and hill climb racing, owning a series of cars, mostly Mustangs, for their racing hobby.  They also went boating, fishing and camping at local lakes.  They went to Disneyland and Disney World with their children, and later, their grandchildren.  They also enjoyed trips to Mazatlan, Mexico and Sweden.

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carolyn Stemm, and one infant daughter, Tammy Rae Mundlin.  He is survived by his wife, Sheila Mae Mundlin, his daughter Michele Mae Hinton of Medford, his son Kevin Ray Mundlin of Nyssa, Oregon, his sister Dena McClung of Aurora, Colorado, his brother Brice Mundlin of Burns, Oregon and three grandsons, Chase and Reese Hinton and Tyler Mundlin.

 

No service will be held.  Donations in Don’s memory can be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.

 

Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park

2100 Siskiyou Blvd

Medford, OR 97504

 


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Gone too soon! I guess that no one said that life has to be fair, but when good people pass on in their youth, it just doesn't seem fair.

Don didn't have much time to enjoy his well-earned retirement. The beach sands and forest trails will miss his hard-charging nature. There were highways and country roads to be explored in his classic Chevy truck.

I believed for a while that Don was going to beat the Parkinsons. There wasn't much of anything he couldn't fix. They say that God takes only the best, maybe He had a carburetor that needed rebuilding. Rest in peace, Don.

Guy & JoAnn Parker Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM

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Carl and Mary Vickoren Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Mundlin

Sheron Oliver Lowery Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Mundlin

P-G Pettersson Feb 4 2019 12:00 AM

Though my brother Don was ten years my senior, he played a significant role in my life. He was a good example in every way: courteous but fun-loving, relaxed but hard-working. I always enjoyed tagging along with him both before and after he left home, as he and his family were always doing fun things that I never got to do with anyone else. I learned how to waterski behind his boat and got to ride along a few times on practice runs when he was racing cars.
Don always impressed me with the responsibilities he held at the city of Medford; I was in awe when he showed me the city's traffic control system.
Don and I shared a love of flying and airplanes, which we no doubt inherited from our dad. When I was able to get him a ride in an AT-6 Texan, I didn't think we'd ever get the smile off his face. He took every opportunity possible to fly with friends, and we often spent time talking about any and all aspects of aviation.
I knew that I could always count on Don for sound advice on any subject. His attention to detail and thoroughness in everything he handled was impeccable, and inspired me to follow his example.
I already miss him dearly, but with so many great memories, I don't have far to look to have him make me smile again. Thank you, big brother, and rest well knowing I'll always love you.

Dena McClung Jan 28 2019 12:00 AM

I started with the city of Medford in 1984 in the traffic dept. Don at that time worked in city hall for I'm guessing about 5 more years. I had the pleasure of working directly and indirectly for at least 25 years. Don and was by far the best supervisor I could ever want. Don had a way about him when you might have done something ( maybe ) you shouldn't have. Don and I developed a friendship at work and after work. Don and Sheila and a bunch of others from city hall we would all go ridding ATV's up in Prospect. Don would often talk about his grandkids that you could tell he loved very much. I wish I could have spent more time doing things with him after retirement. Don was a great husband , father and grandfather. You will be missed my friend

Dennis Templer Jan 28 2019 12:00 AM

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