Donald (Don) Lee Bloom

     Donald (Don) Lee Bloom, 75, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. He was born Sept. 12, 1936, in Peck to the late Violet Craddick Bloom and Elbert Bloom.
     Don graduated in 1955 from Orofino High School and attended the University of Idaho and Washington State University. He then worked for WSU until moving to the Seattle area in 1977.
     Don spent most of his career in higher education as a facilities director and worked on capital projects for various colleges in Washington state. He enjoyed his work very much and hoped to continue until he was 90. In fact, he tried retirement a couple of times and quickly discovered that it was not the life for him. Don had an outstanding work ethic and rarely missed a day of work.
     When he did take time off from work, he loved to travel with Donna, his wife of 32 years. The warmer the location the better; Hawaii and Lincoln City, Ore., were two of their favorite places. Another true love throughout his life was his four-legged companions; he received his first dog at age 4 and was a dog lover since. Don loved photography and always looked forward to catching up with old friends and classmates at reunions.
     Don will be missed by his seven surviving children; two sisters; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many lifelong friends. Preceding him in death were his mother and father; brother Bernard Bloom; sister Doris Glantz; an infant sister; and his wife, Donna Bloom.
     Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland, Wash. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's name can be made to Holy Family Parish in Kirkland or to Shriners Hospital.

Lewiston Tribune, February 16, 2012, p. 7C
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock

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