Donald Roy Elder was born April 6, 1926 on Court St., in Medford to Roy & Ella Elder. Employed at various lumber mills and retired from Double Dee Lumber. He was in the Army and served in active duty, in the South Pacific during WWII. Donald farmed in Sam’s Valley from 1949 until 2011. He enjoyed camping, gardening, family, his cats and dogs and various farm animals.
He married Edith June Milton in 1954 and had two children Karen and Doug before passing away February 17, 1971. On June 16, 1972 he married Susan Arlene Henderson who had two children Michael and Kristina which he later adopted.
He is survived by his wife Susan Elder Medford, brother Newton Elder Gold Hill, children Karen Schloeman (Denni) Corvallis, Doug Elder (Fe) Grants Pass, Michael Henderson Medford, and Kristina Vincent (Dave) Eagle Point. Grandchildren are Kimberly Ness (Peter) Monmouth, Heidi Barclay (Steven) Brookings, Keith Schloeman (Nicole) Albany, Lindsey Trautman (David) Central Point, Travis, Shane and Garret Henderson all of Medford, and Aiko and Timothy Peckham both of Grants Pass. He has 16 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Ella Elder and his first wife Edith June Elder.