In Loving Memory of
Donald Eldon Begley
April 15, 1936 – December 13, 2020
Virtual Celebration of Life Gathering was held on January 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM MST
Don was born to Stanwood and Geraldine Begley in Joseph, Oregon on April 15, 1936. He graduated from Joseph High School in 1954 where he played football and basketball and was on the track team. After high school graduation Don attended Oregon State University for several years before enrolling in the Air Force.
He entered the service in May of 1957 and did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He then served overseas in Korea for several years. In August of 1959 he married Geraldine Schaefer of Pendleton, Oregon. Tragically, she died during childbirth with their son in August of 1960. He was honorably discharged from the service in May of 1961. He returned to Oregon State University and finished his college degree in biology in 1963.
He later went to dental school in Portland Oregon for a year and then began working at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center from 1964 to 1974 and that is where he met Barbara Wrightson. They were married on July 10, 1965 and had two daughters, Charis and Stephanie.
Barb and Don bought some property in rural Hillsboro Oregon in 1965. Don also obtained his pilot’s license and was a partner in several small airplanes until 1980. He greatly enjoyed flying friends and family on short trips around the region.
Don also had a business, Holly Hill Biologicals in which he sold serum containing antibodies from small animals to other businesses and laboratories conducting research. He spent the remaining years of his work life working on the Oregon Health Sciences campus in various research positions.
In retirement, Don and Barb traveled around the US and Canada in their 5th wheel trailer which was a life long time dream for them. They spent many years traveling to visit friends and family around the continent. They ended up settling in Wellington, Nevada in the early 2000’s.
In 2010 Don was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and he and Barb moved to Denver to live closer to their daughter Charis and her family.
Don is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Charis Sederberg and his son in law James Sederberg II, daughter Stephanie Begley and her partner Carole Galuska, grandson’s James (Jamey) Sederberg III and Jackson Sederberg, his sister Judy Lamy, nephew Christopher Lamy and nieces Ann Hall, Michelle Curtright and Katherine Wrightson.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be to sent to The Wings Over The Rockies Museum in Don’s memory.