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Donald J. Sadler Sr.

January 24, 1933 - August 25, 2020

U.S. Veteran


JANUARY 24, 1933 – AUGUST 25, 2020


Our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 25, 2020 with his wife Norma and daughter, Angel by his side.

Don was born in Stockton, CA., the youngest of four sons, to Alma Claude Sadler and Naoma Pearl Carlile on Tuesday, January 24, 1933.

Don spent his early years in the bay area of California. He graduated from Fremont High School in Fremont, CA. on his 18th birthday in 1951. After graduation he worked as a Mechanic.

Don was inducted into the US Army on February 16, 1953 for basic training at Fort Ord, CA. He served as a Wheel Vehicle Mechanic during his deployment to Korea and received an Honorable Discharge on November 16, 1954 with the rank of Corporal. He received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Medal.

On July 4, 1955 he married Emma Ortega. They had 6 children, Donald Jr., Nickolette, Angel, Abel, Vance and Valentina. Don and Emma divorced in 1967.

While living in the Bay Area Don worked as a driver for local delivery companies. Each year he made trips to Portland, OR., to visit his children. In 1985 he moved to Portland to be closer to his kids.

Don loved to restore and show many different classic vehicles he owned over the years. His favorites being his 1940 Dodge Convertible, a 1941 Plymouth tow truck and various WWII Military Vehicles. At one time he owned a 9-door station wagon, which he called “9 Door Nellie”. He became involved with several car clubs including, Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association (CHVA), the Plymouth Owners Club and the Military Vehicle Collectors Club.

Don worked as a truck driver for a couple of local delivery companies and he retired in 1983. After a few months of retirement, he decided to return to the workforce as a driver for Portland Auto Auction, picking up and delivering cars for dealerships before and after the auction. He retired from there in 1993.

Don met his future wife, Norma Ford on May 22, 1987 at a Parents Without Partners dance. They began dating soon after and in August of 1987 they shared an apartment. They bought their home in 1989. They finally married on May 7, 2004.  With this union, Barry, Roxanne, Jeff and Jack joined the Sadler family. Don and Norma spent 33 years together with a blended family of 10 children, 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Don was diagnosed on June 26, 2020 with Stage 4 Colon Cancer which had metastasized to his spine, liver, kidneys and his lungs. He was cared for at home by his wife, Norma and Connected Home Health Hospice. Connected Hospice was a great help and comfort to his family during his last days.

Don will be inurned at Willamette National Cemetery on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 with full Military Honors.

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