Donald was born May 28, 1934 in Napa, California, to Martin and Anna (Dougherty) Silva and passed away on June 20, 2019 at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, California.

Don spent most of his childhood in Korbel, California, an unincorporated community in Humboldt County located 1.5 miles east-southeast of Blue Lake.

He married Patrica Nelson and moved to Crescent City in 1958 where they had five children. He was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas for bootcamp. In 1975 he moved to Harbor, Oregon where he met Lorri Mosier. She became his lifetime companion.

During the last few years of his life he was cared for by Barbara Aydt (Home Care), her significant other Jim Adkids, and longtime friend Charles Henry.

His resume is extensive with repair companies he operated and worked for over the last 50 years, but most recently he worked for his longtime friend Don Chandler (Chandler Heating & Refrigeration/Brookings, Oregon). Don enjoyed gardening, Science Fiction (especially Star Trek), and repairing (tv’s, heat pumps, air conditioners, etc.). He held a special place in his heart for cats. There are many feral cats that live on his property and he welcomed them all.

Surviving is his daughter, Diana Weathers of Crescent City, California; Dawn Bucolo of San Luis Obispo, California; Dennett Claxton of Sacramento, California; son Tony Silva and Mary of Crescent City, California; eight grandchildren: Lazell, Bert, Mattew, Rebecca, Joshua, Daniel, Patricia, and Dennett; twelve great-grandchildren: Sacha, Alivia, Isabella, Johnny, Zoe, Alyscia, Aidin, Bert, Cael, Dylan, Carson and Serenity and three great-great-grandchildren: Romeo, Terry and Noah.

Don was preceded in death by his long-time companion Lorraine Mosier in Harbor, brother Martin Silva of Napa, California, sister Annette (Marie) Niemi of Fall River Mills, California, his niece Donna Elder of Redding, California and his daughter Donna “Lori” Silva of Crescent City, California.

His remains will be interred by Redwood Memorial Chapel on Friday, June 28 at the WJ Ward Cemetery in Brookings, Oregon.

— Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel






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