Donald G. Standlee, 76, of Grandview returned to the Lord Monday, March 19, 2007, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Don was born Aug. 16, 1930 in Urbanette, Ark. to Carl and Ether (Hamby) Standlee. He moved to Grandview as a child and attended Grandview and Prosser Schools.

He married Ruth Prater Mason in Grandview, where they continued to live and raise their family.

Don was a loving husband extraordinaire, a faithful friend and a loving dad. He loved horses and the outdoors. He had a special way with animals. A beloved grandpa, Don was a simple, honest, fair and hardworking man. If he gave you his word, you could take it to the bank. He had the patience of Job in all situations.

A member of the Grandview and Sunnyside Masonic Lodges, Don was a past master, past grand patron and past patron in O.E.S. He wore many hats, that of a mint farmer, refrigeration engineer, square dance caller for Sunny Promenadors for 20 years and manager of Kenyon Zero Storage.

Both fair and humble, Don was a strong Christian man. He was a member of Grandview Christian Church, where he served on the steering committee and cared for the lawns in the summers. We thank and praise God for His faithfulness to Don and Ruth.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Grandview; two sons, Mike and wife, Tanya Mason, of The Ukraine and Patrick and wife, Tami Mason, of Grandview; three daughters, LaDonna Standlee of Bellevue, Pamela and husband, Luke Cesnik, of St. Cloud, Minn. and Janel and husband, Kevin Emede, of Northridge, Calif.; a sister, Jeane and husband, Stan Elstad, of Yakima; three brothers, Charles “Chuck” Wall of Prosser, Hugh and wife, Mona Wall, of Grandview, and Gary Wall of Richland; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepfather, Charles Wall.

Memorial services will be held Friday, March 23, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview. Graveside committal will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital in Spokane or Grandview Christian Church. Memorials may be left with funeral home staff at the time of services. Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences at


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