Donald Edwin Eddy died March 24, 2019 at Stafford Health Care in Des Moines, Wash. He was 84 years old.
Born in Renton, Wash. on Dec. 3 1934 to Floyd and Ruby Eddy, Mr Eddy grew up on the family farm there, and graduated from Mt. Si High in 1952.
Don was showing Ayrshire cows at the King County Fair in 1950 when he took a hankering for ice cream, and so met the lovely Jeanette Hofmeister of Auburn. Intrigued by the pretty girl who’d sold him the treat, on the way home from the fair, he jumped off the back of his father’s moving pickup truck to ask her for her address. The feat got him the address but also landed him in hot water with his dad.
Don and Jeanette (Jan) married on June 7, 1952 and settled in Auburn, where they raised their four children. Their first child, Stephonie, born on April 1954, died of a heart defect the following January. Mr. Eddy was a great supporter of his children’s extracurricular activities, among them dance, swim team, Job’s Daughters and paper routes. The couple were married for 64 years until her death in 2016.
An electrical designer, over the course of his long career Mr. Eddy worked on the Auburn Hospital, the Auburn Performing Arts Center, a number of churches and countless other projects.
He was a member of First United Church of Auburn.
His long involvement with the Masons began when his oldest daughter joined Job’s Daughters. In his many happy years with the Masons, he was: Past Master, King Solomon Lodge #60, F and AM; Past Royal Patron, Mountainview Court Order of the Amaranth; Past Watchman of Shepherd’s Damascus Shrine #3, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem; Past Associate Guardian of Job’s Daughters Bethel #56; a member of Cascade Lodge #61; and past High Priest Robert B. Palmer Chapter 46, among many other roles.
Mr. Eddy was also a Shriner, a member of the Oddfellows and an enthusiastic member of the Auburn Noon Lions.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jan, his daughter, Stephonie, and his parents, Floyd and Ruby.
He is survived by: son, Paul Eddy (Janay); daughters Valerie Canzler (Robert); Melanie Kirk (Keith), and Sheri Flynn (Chris); 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
King Solomon’s Lodge #60 will hold a memorial service for Mr. Eddy followed by a potluck at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019. The address is 10 Auburn Way South. Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.