Donald J. Prinslow

Donald J. Prinslow, 80, of White City, died June 7, 2008 at a local foster care home.
   
He was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Centerville, S.D. to Charles K. and Alice Prinslow. The family moved to Woodburn, Ore. in 1937 after losing their farm during the dust bowl and depression.
   
He had eight sisters and three brothers. He attended schools in Woodburn and joined the U.S. Army in 1945.
   
In 1949, he married MaryLou Haynes. They had six children and after 20 years, they divorced. He married again for a short time.
   
After meeting the Haynes family, Mr. Prinslow became an avid fly fisherman, hunter and camper. Although he suffered from bi-polar disorder throughout his adult life, he never lost his love of the outdoor activities. He found his best fit in the workplace as a foster grandparent in the Foster Grandparent program where he worked in several schools throughout the state. He was Grandpa Don to a lot of kids in Oregon’s public schools over a period of 10 years.
   
In the last few weeks of life, he achieved a level of calm previously unknown to him and continued to display his singular sense of wit and humor.
   
He is survived by one brother, five sisters, and his children, Mike Prinslow of Rogue River, Cathy Prinslow Trochlell of La Grande, Karen Prinslow Phillips of Happy Valley, Ore., Douglas Prinslow of McKinney, Texas, Yvonne Prinslow of Lake Oswego and Craig Prinslow of Medford, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   
A private tribute will be held by immediate family at his favorite campsite later this summer..
Donations may be made to Oregon Wild, 5825 N. Greeley, Portland, OR 97217.

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