Don lost his life at age 70, after a short and hard fought battle with glioblastoma, on April 3, 2020, in Renton, Washington, surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born June 13, 1949, in Phoenix, Arizona to Frank and Edith Rayner. He lived his first seven years on the Rayner’s family farm and ranch in Litchfield Park, Arizona. When he was seven, his parents moved to Northern California where they bought some property in Big Bend and began to raise cattle. Don lived on the family ranch helping his parents until he started college.
Don met his wife, Pat, whom he said was the center of his universe, in August of 1968, at Shasta Junior College in Redding, California. For them, it was love at first sight. Don and Pat were married a year later on Oct. 5, 1969. They just celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a trip to Hawaii and a cruise to all the islands.
Don graduated from Shasta High School in Redding, California in 1967. He went on to graduate from Shasta Junior College in 1969. He then continued his education at Humboldt State University in Arcata and College of the Redwoods in Eureka, where he completed his degree in Forestry. He played football and wrestled while he attended Shasta and Humboldt Colleges.
In January of 1975, Don and Pat moved to Pierce, Idaho where Don started his career as a forester for Potlatch Corporation in Headquarters. During his tenure, he went on to work as a logging supervisor, a logging foreman and an area supervisor. He continued working for PFI until his retirement in June of 2012.
Don and Pat raised twin sons, Dan and Tom and a daughter, Kristy while living in Pierce. Don was very active in his kids’ activities and he loved to coach them in the different sports they were involved with. He and his family spent many summers, camping, boating, skiing and fishing with their friends on Dworshak Reservoir in Orofino, Idaho.
His love of football and coaching kids led him to volunteering at Timberline High School as a football coach, which turned into a permanent position for many years.
After retirement, Don and Pat began to travel. He was able to return to California more often to help his dad out with his cows and various other projects. Don started Trap Shooting, which became his favorite hobby. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time in his wood shop.
Don was an active member of the community, serving on the Pierce Library Board and, at the time of his death, had served on the J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Pierce/Orofino Gun Club.
Above all else, he loved his family and was very proud of them. He called many his friend and would lend a helping hand where he was needed. No one was ever a stranger, he could talk to anyone about anything. He made many lifelong friends who he thought of often and missed dearly during his illness.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, two sons, Dan and wife Renea, Tom and wife Shannon, his daughter, Kristy and husband Derek, four grandchildren, his brother, Harold and wife Joan and Step Mother, Mavis.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edith Rayner.
The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.
If you are inclined to send flowers or a gift to honor Don’s memory, we are asking to instead donate to the J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum in Pierce. He would be proud to know he is having a lasting impact on the museum and its contributions to the community he lived and worked in for so many years. Donations may be mailed to: J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum, C/O 239 Woods Road, Weippe, Idaho 83553 or online at the Go Fund Me, search for Don Rayner.