|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1929|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 2009|
Don Helton was a class act and a fellow pilot. I remember the late fifties visiting with family his mortuary in Auburn, Washington where he lived with his family when he had to rush out to a car accident. Back then he had his own ambulance, emt's where still a thing of the future. Don got the job done. I am sure some lives were saved because of Don's quickness of response. I remember Don let me try the siren in the ambulance but it was all business where lives were at stake. No wonder he got so many awards for civic service.
Donald Glenn Helton, 79, passed away on February 1, 2009 in Auburn, WA, he was born in Camas, Washington on April 26, 1929. Attended Camas schools graduating in 1947 where he was active in band. He marched with the Camas High School band in Pasadena Rose Parade in 1946. He later graduated from California College of Mortuary Science in LA. Don worked as a Funeral Director in Olympia, Tacoma and Auburn and was the former owner of Price Helton Funeral Chapel from 1955 to 1986.
He was active in the Auburn community where he was awarded the Young Man of the Year in 1967, 2 terms on City Planning Council, Past President of Auburn Kiwanis Club, and Past President of Washington State Funeral Directors Assn. He was a licensed pilot for 30 years. He loved Southern Gospel music and attended Grace Community Church of Auburn since 1955.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1993 and sister, Margie, in 2007. He is survived by 2 sons, Doug (Mary Ann) of Kent, Ron of Vancouver and 3 daughters, Linda (Dennis) Jones of Mount Vernon, Keitha (Tim) Geehan of Puyallup, Karen Hartman of Cashmere, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and loving companion, Jeanette Wheeler.
A funeral service will be held at Grace Community Church at 1pm on Friday, February 6th. A private entombment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the White River Valley Museum in Auburn. Price Helton Funeral Home, of Auburn, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial site with pictures and guest book
From the Auburn Reporter Editor, Feb 05 2009 by Mark Klaas:
To understand Doug Helton's father is to know he cared deeply about others.
"It was his upbringing by his parents," Helton said. "It was a very strong Christian family who believed in respect and reaching out to others."
Don Helton, family patriarch, longtime community and civic leader and operator of Auburn's Price-Helton Funeral Chapel for nearly 30 years, died last Sunday from pneumonia. He was 79.
Helton was revered and respected by many in the community. The hard-working man also maintained a close relationship with the Muckleshoot Tribe.
"When he had his second stroke, they came to his house and the elders prayed for him," Doug Helton said.
In tribute, Tribal representatives will present a blanket to the Helton family. It will be placed inside Helton's casket.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. today at Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S. A private entombment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.
Helton, born and raised in Camas, graduated from California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles. He worked as a funeral director in Olympia and Tacoma before coming to Auburn to manage and then own Price-Helton Funeral Chapel. He remained there from 1955 to 1986 before retiring.
Doug Helton recalls his father worked long and hard, both in business and in community service.
"He always was a hard worker," he said. "He would hire me as a young boy ... You would never stand still"
The elder Helton enjoyed travel and recreational flying. He was a licensed pilot for 30 years, one of three pilots in the family.
Helton's life was filled with service and volunteering. He served two terms on the city planning council, was past president of the Auburn Kiwanis Club and Washington State Funeral Directors Association. He also served on the YMCA board of directors and worked with the White River Valley Historical Society.
He was often rewarded for his contributions. He left a memorable legacy for family and friends.
"He accomplished a lot in his life," Doug Helton said.
Helton was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1993, and sister, Margie, in 2007.
He is survived by two sons, Doug (Mary Ann) of Kent, Ron of Vancouver and three daughters, Linda (Dennis) Jones of Mount Vernon, Keitha (Tim) Geehan of Puyallup, Karen Hartman of Cashmere, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and close friend, Jeanette Wheeler.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the White River Valley Museum in Auburn. Online sentiments may be journaled at www.mem.com
Article from the Wednesday, January 24, 1962 Auburn Sun (Auburn, King County, Washington):
Headline: Don Helton young man of year, award made at Jaycee banquet
Donald G. Helton, 32, manager of Price Funeral Chapel and active in YMCA leadership and civic activities, was presented with the Junior Chamber of Commerce David E. Darrow distinguished service award for 1961.
The presentation was made Friday night at the annual awards banquet in Earl's Broiler by Hal Edgar, president of the Jaycees.
Helton was named the outstanding young man in community affairs during the past year and was chosen from six young men nominated by service and community organizations. He was the nominee of the Auburn Kiwanis Club.
The awards banquet was attended by representatives of various organizations, city officials, nominees and members of the Jaycees and their wives. Bryan Lewis, a Jaycee state vice-president was the guest speaker. Fred Poe was chairman, Vern Canfield master of ceremonies and Hal Edgar, Jaycee president, introduced the winner.
The perpetual trophy is presented annually as a memorial to David E. Darrow, member of the Auburn Jaycees who died in the crash of a stratocruiser bound for Hawaii off the coast of Oregon in 1955.
Helton, whose home is 114 North Division St., came to Auburn in 1955 as manager of Price Funderal Chapel. Mr. and Mrs. (Lorry) Helton have two sons, Douglas, 10; Ronald, 9, and a daughter, Linda, 7.
He is an active member of the Auburn Kiwanis Club and in 1961 was chairman of the club's support of churches committee. He was chairman of the Auburn YMCA committee of management. He is secretary-treasurer of the Washington State Funeral Directors Association. He was program chairman for the Washington School Parent-Teacher Association, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Auburn Boosters Club.
Others nominated for the award were Raymond Ogden Sr., personnel manager for Rohr Aircraft Corporation, nominated by the Pioneer School PTA; Carol E. Scarff of Scarff Motors, nominated by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church; Robert Matson, employed by Rohr Aircraft Corp., nominated by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce; Howard B. Walters, assistant cashier for the Auburn Branch of the National Bank of Washington, nominated by Auburn Post 78 of the American Legion; Darrel Loffer, manager of Holman's Furniture, nominated by the Washington School PTA.
The judging committee was composed of Rev. Elden Unruh, pastor of the White River United Presbyterian Church; Ken Fitzsimmons and Dick Barnard, 1960 and 1959 award winners.
1930 Federal census:
Name: Donald G Helton
Home in 1930: Camas, Clark, Washington
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1929
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: Irven F Helton
Mother's Name: Frankie E Helton
Neighbors: View others on page
Irven F Helton 30
Frankie E Helton 29
Margaret J Helton 3 2/12
Donald G Helton 11/12
Irven F. Helton (1900 - 1980)
Frankie E. Helton (1901 - 1980)
Betty Helton (1931 - 1993)
Delores Mae Busig Helton (1929 - 2014)*
Douglas Glenn Helton (1951 - 2013)*
Mountain View Cemetery
Plot: Garden Mausoleum
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Record added: Oct 23, 2009
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