Donald Albert Chinn, 82, died June 16, 2015, following a long illness.
He was born July 20, 1932, in Cheney, Wash., the son of Nancy Oma (Wilkes) Chinn and Clarence Albert Chinn. He and his siblings – Clarence, Bonnie, Eldon, and Luwana – were raised in Washington state, first in Colville, then later in Yakima and then Granger. In the late 1950s, he spent two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Wash. After being discharged, he returned to College Place, Wash., where he was attending school at Walla Walla College. He married Maureen Kae Schermerhorn on March 10, 1957. They moved to Boise, Idaho, and then to Loma Linda, Calif., where he returned to school. He obtained a degree in occupational therapy from Loma Linda University. The couple moved north to Modesto, Calif., followed by stops in Aloha, Ore., and Spangle, Wash. In the early 1970s, he accepted a position at Rainier State School in Buckley. He moved his family first to Enumclaw, then to Buckley, where he spent the next four decades.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen Chinn; children Jamie Chinn, Dr. Perry and Melanie Chinn, Jeanne and Scott Kurtz, Dr. Greg Chinn and Beth Chinn; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service took place at 4 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the Enumclaw Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3333 Griffin Ave.