Patricia A. Donat of Dallas, Ore., passed away Oct. 30, 2012, in Dallas with her daughter-in-law at her side.
She was born in Oceola, Neb., to Harry and Lela Ashton. She was the fourth of five children and the only girl. Her childhood was spent living in several small towns in south central Nebraska. In 1929, the family moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she graduated from John Marshall High School. Shortly after, she met the love of her life through a friend of her brothers, Werner Donat. They were married Oct. 26, 1939, in Glendale, Calif., and enjoyed 71 years of marriage before Werner's death in March of 2011.
Pat and Werner settled in the San Fernando Valley of California. Pat was a stay-at-home mom with two boys. In 1954, she and Werner moved the family to Merced, Calif., where they owned and operated a feed and farm supply business. While in Merced a daughter was born. Pat did some bookkeeping tasks in the business; however, for the most part she was a stay-at-home mom for the three kids, always there when needed.
In 1959, she and Werner moved the family to a ranch in Eagle Point, Ore., then two years later to Shady Cove, Ore., for a year, then to Carmel, Calif. where Werner had a successful business in Monterey. After several years they moved back to Oregon to a ranch in Sams Valley outside of Medford. Werner had a business in town and they raised cattle and horses on the ranch.
In 1972, she and Werner bought their first motorhome. Through the years they had three of them and put over 100,000 miles on each one. They traveled in almost every state and Canadian Province, Werner drove and Pat did the "navigating", getting them too many interesting sights along with way.
Pat and Werner retired to a house on a lake in Gold Hill, Ore., for several years and then really retired in 1989, when she and Werner built a beautiful home north of Brookings, overlooking the ocean. She made this a comfortable home enjoyed by friends, family, and grandkids that came to visit. In August 2010, she and Werner left their beautiful home on the ocean and moved to Dallas Retirement Village to be closer to family.
Pat will be remembered for her kind and gentle ways. Her kids and grandkids all have special memories of times with Mom and Grandma. Her efforts at organizing the thousands of photographs Werner took are appreciated by her kids and will provide many happy memories for years to come.
She was predeceased by her husband Werner, and her four brothers. She is survived by sons John (Gail) Donat of Keizer, Ore., Gary (Louisa) Donat of Seaside, Calif., daughter Judy Donat of Mobile, Ala., six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
At her request no services will be held; a private family dinner gathering is planned at a later date. The Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled the arrangements. To leave an on-line condolence for the family go to www.dallastribute.com .