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(760) 763-3268

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P.O. Box 9000, Box #902
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Saturday - Closed
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Donald Newton Backins


He was interred with his wife Mary at Willamette National Cemetery, 23 March 2016, and our 1st Mar Div Oregon/Columbia River Chapter Honor Guard & 6ESB Marines were there.


Donald Newton Dackins
Jan. 16, 1923 - Mar. 12, 2016

Donald N. Dackins, Don, was the only child of Isabelle and Dan Dackins. He was born on January 16, 1923. His first home was his parents' houseboat on the Willamette River in Portland and this undoubtedly fostered his lifelong love of boats and the water. He and his father Dan built a sailboat together and Don always treasured the memories of that wonderful project. Don was also an accomplished trumpet player.
In 1940, when he was just 17 years old, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned to the USS Oregon for two years. He had a distinguished 30-year career with the Marines, becoming both an expert marksman with pistol and rifle and a combat engineer in Korea. He attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. His experiences there filled him deep respect for the Holy Cross Fathers and made him a true fan of the Fighting Irish

While still a young Marine, he met and married a beautiful blonde Navy WAVE from Beaverton, Oregon, Mary Fitzpatrick. Together they shared a deep love of the United States. Mary, whose father Howard was a WWI Veteran, understood full well the sacrifices military families were called upon to make. Don was deployed to Japan and he served in combat in Korea. When he returned stateside, he and Mary traveled all over the United States wherever his Marine Corps duties took him. They were blessed with four children, Mary Patricia, Donald Jr., David and Douglas.




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