Donald Eldon Orsborn, 73, was born April 30, 1936 in Yakima and passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 (three days before his 74th birthday) at his home in Cottonwood, Ariz.

His parents were Albert and Dorothy Willoughby Orsborn.

His father and uncle owned a trucking business until the depression drove them out of business. His dad would drive truck for other companies until 1945, when the family moved to Gleed and then Selah, farming apples, peaches, apricots, and grape orchards. Eventually the family moved to Sunnyside and farmed 200 acres.

As a boy, Don had a serious demeanor, was intelligent and an honor student in school and an avid hunter. His mother came home with the book, "Audubon's Birds of America" and an intense life-long interest in bird watching began.

He married Shirley Fletcher in 1955 and they had three sons, Chuck, Jim and David.

Don started a goose business in Washington that was eventually taken over by the family farm. Later they purchased a goose ranch in California and expanded the family business. After his father's death in 1968 the business failed and Don worked for a church for a time before purchasing a motor home and traveling the U.S.

In 1981 he met and married Dorothy Wissenbach in New Hampshire. He became stepfather to 12 year old, "Bobby" and the family moved to Arizona.

A tile craftsman with great skill, his beautiful designs are displayed in homes and businesses throughout the affluent Sedona area. Stepson, Bob worked along side him for many years.

Don enjoyed hiking, crossword puzzles, was an avid reader, and keen observer of birds and nature. He participated in "The Great Backyard Bird Count" each year with the National Audubon Society.

He was giving, kind, and soft spoken. In later years, diabetes took it's toll and he lost much of his sight and was not able to participate in the activities he once enjoyed. He had bypass surgery a year ago and had struggled being in and out of care facilities. He had been home for about four weeks, when he passed away in his sleep.

Don is survived by three sons, Chuck, Jim, and David Cavanaugh; one brother, Jerry Orsborn of Meridian, Idaho; a stepson, Bob (Lynn) Wissenbach of Cottonwood; close friend and former wife, Dorothy Wissenbach of Cottonwood; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Albert (Bud) Orsborn; sister, Irene Hensley; and infant twin brothers.

A memorial gathering will be held May 16, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Meridian Assembly of God, 1830 N. Linder Road, Meridian, Idaho, with burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery at a later date.


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