judeminiken Posted January 8, 2009 Share Posted January 8, 2009 Dear Members. I must tell you how wonderful you all have been in our time of grieving Don M. You not only have helped Amanda and me, but also Don's other children, Josh, Joe and Sarah. I am attaching the obituary that I submitted today to our local paper, so you can see a little more of Don than before. I want you to know that the words I wrote that refer to this room and the people in it, I wrote before you all responded to my first post and Amanda's first post. It is so wonderful that the words that I wrote, you clearly illustrated their truth by your supportive posts. My daughter Sarah wrote the poem for her dad, Don M., after watching him fight the good fight, and struggle for breath..more and more. Pulsating life, the drum reflects, pushing howl of the flute, earth’s music is my blood. Slow steady nature flows, and my tender heart keeps harmonious time forever. I watch the painted shapes of flowing rhythm, I envision the dreams and sleep soothingly takes my leathered hand---leads me to the sweet scent of heaven’s showers, where dripping canopies revive my weary soul. Wind is my breath, dancing, lifting, weaving, protecting. I exhale and life goes ever on. -Sarah Miniken Donald E. Miniken Jr., 64, died of complications from lung cancer, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Don was born in Bremerton, Sept. 3, 1944, to Don and Kathleen Miniken. He was the oldest of 13 children. He was raised in Everett, where he attended Catholic and public schools, graduating from Everett High School in 1962. After graduation he attended seminary intending to enter the priesthood. His plans changed however (he could not stand the bells) and after a brief stint in the National Guard, he transferred to Washington State University where he studied forestry. In 1973, he married Judith Fox and they had four children. Don attended Green River College to pursue his degree in forestry. The family moved to Quinault in 1979, when Don went to work for the U.S. Forest Service. He worked there until retiring in 2005. He loved his job, the woods and the wonderful people with whom he worked. Don had many hobbies and talents. He took thousands of photos over the years of nature, of his children and of anything in which he caught a glimpse of beauty. He loved music of all kinds but specifically classical music and rock & roll. He loved the out-of-doors and spent a lot of time camping and hiking with his children. Don had a dry sense of humor that would catch a person off guard. He had a way of helping people to humor that would catch a person off guard. He had a way of helping people to broaden their perspective by his commentary on any given situation. He had a gentle compassionate nature that is rare. He was eclectic in his spiritual beliefs, embracing the Spirit of Holiness wherever he could find it and in places where most people forget to look. He would rather give money to the homeless in secret than sit at the table of the pompously rich. He was particularly drawn to Shamanistic expression of faith and he loved Native American drumming. He enjoyed watching movies, reading, gardening, traveling and visiting with people whom he loved. When Don was diagnosed with lung cancer, he made it a point to fight it by learning all that he could about it. In fact more than one of the doctors who treated them over the past five years commented that he could converse with him in medical terms about his condition as though he had medical training himself. He visited a couple of cancer support groups on-line and was greatly appreciated by other cancer survivors with whom he shared his story. He was highly regarded as one who could bring hope and encouragement to those fighting the disease. He helped more than one person pursue treatment options that ultimately saved their lives. Don is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jude; his children, Josh (Tracy), Amanda (fiancé, Ian), Joe (Mandie) and Sarah (boyfriend, Danny); his mother, Kathleen; brothers, Michael, Kevin, Dennis, Jim and Jack; sisters, Mary, Cecelia, Joan, Ellen, Suzanne and Annie; grandchildren, Devin, Chloe, Keaton and soon to be born, Sean; and many nieces and nephews. His father, Don Sr. and brother, Ed preceded him in death. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at the Montesano Presbyterian Church. The family suggests remembrances be sent to The Montesano Presbyterian Church, the Union Gospel Mission or to Home Health and Hospice. The family sends out a special thanks to Robin H. and Kim of Hospice; Greg The family sends out a special thanks to Robin H. and Kim of Hospice; Greg of Lincare; the staff at Grays Harbor Hospital pharmacy staff and the staff at Rite-Aide. To sign the online guestbook or to light a memorial candle visit: www.harrisonfamilymortuary. com. Again, thank you LUNGevity People. I will come here again. Jude M. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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