Donald Lamar Elvebak

Donald Lamar Elvebak of Cottage Grove passed away December 30th of natural causes at the age of 90. He was born on a farm in Winnebago County, Iowa on August 13th, 1929 to Leonard and Edith (Flugum) Elvebak. He was the oldest of four boys and was a proud graduate of Kiester High School in Kiester, MN (1 of 3 students in its graduating class). In his younger days, he was a Golden Glove boxer representing both Iowa and Minnesota in the national tournament. He served in the Army during the Korean War. On August 12th, 1954 he married Mary Dudley in Albert Lea, MN. They remained married for 47 years, 6 months and 5 days before his wife’s passing in 2002. Life was never happy unless his wife was happy. Beginning in December of 1959, before I-5 was even finished, he moved with his growing brood to Oregon settling in Cottage Grove. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for more that 30 years until his retirement in 1993. To support his family of 8, he never turned down a chance to work. Once, despite feeling ill, he went to work anyway not realizing until much later that he was suffering a mild heart attack. Donald was an Iowan farm boy at heart, perpetually in motion, always looking for a chore to perform. He had a passion for woodworking, and expert builder of porch swings, he could jerry rig anything together whether it was wanted or not. He was a fan of the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, but he was an avid follower of Oregon Ducks. He was a masterchef at popcorn, had a lifelong interest in all things WWII and enjoyed dancing a jig to the delight of all who saw. Donald found fortune in family. He was extraordinary man not in deeds but in character. He was a quiet man, rarely angry. He was a nice man. He was a kind man. To his family he was our sunshine. He is survived by his children Debbi Woody (Steve) of Cottage Grove, OR; son Randy Elvebak of Cottage Grove, OR; son Jeffrey Elvebak of Cottage Grove, OR; son Jamie Elvebak of Eugene, OR; daughter Nancy Drazkiewicz (Steve) of Canby, OR; son Robert Elvebak of Klamath Falls, OR; daughter Darci Spangler (Frank) of Eugene, OR; brother Mearald Elvebak of Albert Lea, MN; brother Larry Elvebak (Clarine) of Blue Earth, MN; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-granchildren and a daughter in all but name Linda Mullins (Bill) of Cottage Grove, OR. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother Rodney. A celebration of life will be held at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Saturday, January 25th at 1:00 PM in Cottage Grove, OR. Arrangements are in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel.