Donald D. Sheffield
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Donald D. Sheffield

November 8, 1932 -

August 4, 2018

Donald Sheffield of Medford passed away Saturday, August 4 at Northridge Center in south Medford at the age of 85. He was born November 8, 1932 in Spring Hill, Alabama to Dee and Inez (Alexander) Sheffield. He lived his early years in and around Mobile, Alabama, graduating from Murphy High School in 1951. He served overseas in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War and was in the Naval Reserves for 20 years. He married Shirley Chittock of Jacksonville, Oregon in 1954, and they had three children that they raised in Medford: Karen, Kathy, and Mike.

Don was an owner of Patterson Plumbing in Medford, Oregon. He operated this plumbing contracting business for 30 years, installing heating and cooling systems in such companies as Harry & David, Rogue Valley and Providence Hospitals, The Manor, Southern Oregon University, Boise Cascade, Oregon Institute of Technology, Eugene Water and Electric Board, Klamath County Jail, and numerous others. Many of his lifelong friends were made in the course of these projects.

In 1989 he retired to Fairhope, Alabama, building two expansive homes that survived numerous hurricanes. He was a charter member there of the Knights of Ecor Rouge, a Mardi Gras krewe. He was also a Mason and Shriner, both in Oregon and Alabama, and a member of the Elks. He returned to Medford in 2012, happily reuniting with old friends in this area. He is survived by his daughter Kathy (Buddy) Moore (Summerdale, AL), grandson Sean O'Neil (Bend, OR), and granddaughter Katy (Casey) Rains (Daphne, AL). He was predeceased by his daughter Karen Smith and son Mike Sheffield.

No services are planned, but Don's Last Party will be Saturday, August 11 from 2 to 4 pm at the BearLake Mobile Estates clubhouse on Luman Road in Phoenix, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for children.

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