Donald Tayon, 67, of Sunnyside passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, of an apparent heart attack.

He was born June 13, 1940 in St. Louis, Mo. to Woodrow and Loretta Tayon. Don received his education in Grandview graduating with the Grandview High School class of 1959.

On June 24, 1961, he married Patsy Essary in Grandview. Together they made their home in Sunnyside. In his early years, Don worked for Lovering Tire Company and later for Bieber Brothers Fashion Floors. For the past 30 years, Don and Patsy have worked side-by-side owning and operating Yakima Valley Insurance Services in Sunnyside.

Don enjoyed camping, fishing and photography. Many family memories were made on vacation trips to the Oregon Coast and fishing and crabbing on Puget Sound.

Don cherished every moment he spent with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy Tayon of Sunnyside; one son, Heath Tayon (Tricia) of Stanwood; one daughter-in-law, Lori Tayon of Lynnwood; three grandchildren, Connor, Wyatt and Melissa; his mother, Loretta Tayon of Grandview; and one brother, Joe Tayon (Opal) of Grandview.

He was preceded in death by his son, Phillip Tayon; one brother, Vincent Tayon; and his father, Woodrow Tayon.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Don's memory may contribute to Yakima County Humane Society, 2405 West Birchfield Road, Yakima, WA. 98901.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Don's online memorial book may due so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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