Donald Westom, 93, a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima in Portland, passed away peacefully on May 15, surrounded by his loving family. There was a funeral Mass at St. Rose.
Mr. Westom was born May 10, 1924, in Minot, North Dakota, the son of Oscar and Leafy Westom.
After high school graduation Don enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a Corporal in the South Pacific during World War II before being honorably discharged. In 1946 he returned home to the love of his life, Lois Marie Walsh. The two were married June 20, 1946, and had five children together. They celebrated 49 years together until Lois’s passing in 1995. The family farmed for 12 years in Minot before moving to Portland in 1959. Mr. Westom worked various jobs before settling with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He worked for 28 years until his retirement in 1987.
Mr. Westom was a faithful member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Portland. He loved tending to the roses on the church grounds and also served at St. Vincent de Paul. He enjoyed CYO coaching, woodworking, gardening, spending time and working on his beach house, playing cards, record keeping, photography, making “Walmark” cards for family celebrations, and spending time with his family and friends. He was also a member of the Elks and the American Legion.
Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois; son, James Westom; and grandson, Joseph Westom.
He is survived by his second wife, Theresa; sons, Donn of Palm Springs and wife Janice, and David of Vancouver and wife Suzanne; daughters, Sheila of Camas and husband Clarence, and Jerilyn of Warren and husband Charlie, daughter-in-law, Ellen of Vancouver; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Kathleen Kondos; brother-in-law, Jerome Walsh; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.