Donald Wayne Coltrane

January 02, 2001 11:00 pm

Donald Wayne Coltrane, 82, Brookings, died Dec. 30, 2000, at Providence Medical Center of heart failure.

He was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Peatz, Colo., to Lloyd and Pearl Coltrane.

Mr. Coltrane joined the U.S. Army in January 1941. He graduated as a medical technician from Company D 6th Medical Battalion Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

He was a ward master of a hospital ward specializing in caring for paralyzed soldiers.

He married Pauline M. Varner Jan. 12, 1944, in Medford prior to being discharged as a sergeant in December 1945.

They lived in Roseburg for five years then moved to Medford where they lived for 24 years.

He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell as a foreman of the plow train that buried the original coaxial cable from the California border to Eugene.

In 1980, he retired as a safety trainer supervisor after 35 years with Pacific Northwest Bell. He and his wife moved to Brookings that same year.

After his wifes death Feb. 3, 1999, Mr. Coltrane returned to Medford.

During his retirement, Mr. Coltrane enjoyed camping, fishing, extensive travel and working with his son-in-law and Rogue Eagle Club members building remote control model airplanes.

He was a member of the Mormon Church and served as a ward clerk and scout master.

Survivors are his daughters Beckie Rabbe, Medford; Jill Sander, Meridian, Idaho; son Donald L. Coltrane, Houston, Texas.

Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his wife; brother Harold Coltrane; sister Verleen Stockhen.

A funeral service is scheduled for today (Jan. 3) at 11:30 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Medford.

Bishop Harvey Bragg will officiate.

Visitation is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of Conger-Morris Funeral Directors in Medford.