Don J. Fenton
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Don J. Fenton, 71, passed away on Sept. 14, 2012. He was born on Aug. 10, 1941, in Memphis, Tenn. His family moved to Jasper, where he grew up and graduated from Walker County High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1959 and retired in 1985 as a lieutenant commander. Don took great pride in serving his country and always loved a challenge. He served on four ships and at six commands during his 25 years, two overseas duties, in which his family accompanied him to Sicily and Japan. Upon retiring he worked a short time for Honeywell in Minnesota and Vitro Corp in Silverdale, Wash. He moved to the Tri-Cities in 1994 and had a delivery service before retiring. He loved his family and would do anything for them. Don also loved building things; anything he made would stand the test of time. We will miss him dearly and take comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering.

Don is survived by his wife of 49 years, Virginia; son Russ; daughter Brenda and her husband, Tom Edwards; grandchildren: Danielle, John, Heather, Chelsea and twins, Sophia and Tommy, born on Sept. 15, 2012; sisters, Virginia Patrick and family of Jasper, and Linda Myers and family of Valrico, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Esther Fenton; sister, Barbara Williams; and infant son, John.

Special thanks to Life Care Center of Richland, and their caring staff, for all they did for Don.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 1 p.m., at Kennewick Baptist Church, 2425 W. Albany, Kennewick.

The family invites you to sign their online guestbook at

Mueller’s Tri-Cities Funeral Home,

Kennewick, WA; 509-783-9532