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Donald Lee Tindall

December 14, 1948 – August 2, 2018

Don Tindall passed away at his home of natural causes in Heppner on Aug. 2. Don was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Nampa, Idaho, to James Franklin Tindall and Ruby Lee (Dalke) Tindall. His first years were spent in Vale, New Plymouth, Nampa and Ontario. 

At the age of 10 his family moved back to Vale, where Don attended school, graduating from Vale High School in 1967. Don excelled in sports, especially football where he was a part of two state championship teams. Don enlisted in the Air Force in 1967 and served in the Philippines and Vietnam as an Intelligence Officer and received the rank of staff sergeant. 

Among his many accomplishments he received the brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and his commercial pilot license. After the military, Don went to school at Treasure Valley Community College and then graduated from College of Idaho, playing football for both colleges. Don married Roxanne Mason and together they had two precious girls, Mollie and Cassie. 

Don was a firefighter at Vale BLM, City of Nampa, Idaho, and the Umatilla Army Depot until retiring from the depot in 2008. He was a faithful member of the Heppner Church of the Nazarene and often shared the Good News of Jesus Christ from the pulpit. Don was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Karen Seevers and Shirley Dean; brothers Jim Tindall Jr. and Wesley Tindall. He is survived by his daughters Cassie Rothwell (Nick) and Mollie Tindall; grandsons Joshua Tindall Montano and Dominick Rothwell; granddaughters, Delaney Rothwell and Drea Rothwell; sisters, Dianne Clark (Steve), Linda Tindall, Joan Standley, Colleen Larson (Albert), Sharon Nelson; brothers, Dale Tindall (Linda) and Leslie Tindall (Kay).

Don was known for his big laugh, big stories, big heart and big hugs. He loved to pheasant hunt, deer hunt, elk hunt (especially with bow) and fish (especially for salmon). Some of his favorite times were spent in the woods or on his boat. Fishing trips to Alaska and the Oregon Coast were special times. I am sure he would regret not getting to spend more time with his new fishing buddy, Joshua.

A memorial service was held at the Church of the Nazarene in Heppner on Aug. 26, and a graveside service will be held at the Valley View Cemetery in Vale at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22.


• Letha “Verle” Towell, 97, of Ontario, died Sept. 2 at her home. Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Ontario.

• Rita Renee Kamimae, 62, of Nyssa, died Aug. 27 at home. Lienkaemper Chapel, Nyssa. 

• Noah Gene Preston-Shoffner, infant son of Joshua and Stephanie Preston-Shoffner, died Sept. 2 at a local hospital. Lienkaemper Chapel, Vale.

• Barney Jay Dunn, 75, of Ontario, died Sept. 6. Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Ontario.

• Ross Warren Cutler, 83, of Fruitland, Idaho, died Sept. 5 at a Boise hospital. Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. 

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