Donald Ray Gattenby


Posted: Friday, July 23, 2004

Longtime Soldotna resident Donald Ray Gattenby died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at his home in Soldotna. He was 56.

A celebration of Mr. Gattenby's life will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 26, at the Masonic Temple in Soldotna.

Mr. Gattenby was born May 20, 1948, in Ada, Okla., where he spent a short time before moving to California, where he was raised. He had first moved to Alaska in 1968 and has resided in Soldotna and Homer and worked in the oil field, as a mechanic, welder, craftsman and commercial fisher all around the Kenai Peninsula.

Mr. Gattenby was a Christian. He enjoyed collecting hearts, as well as gold mining and prospecting.

"Donald was a man of many talents. Filled with love for life, family and friends, he was always willing to help many," his family said.

Mr. Gattenby was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lee Gattenby; father, D.G. "Buck" Gattenby; brothers, Delbert and David Gattenby; sisters, Dorothy Leach and Diana Allmon; and niece, Jessica Allmon.

He is survived by his son, Shelby Don Gattenby of Dodge City, Kan.; daughters, Gretchen Rae Kelly of Konawa, Okla., and Anne Lorraine Gattenby of Alameda, Calif.; granddaughter, Brianna Lee Gattenby of Konawa; grandson, Bryan Thomas Murphy of Konawa; sister, Doris Gattenby of Kenai; brother, David Allmon; former spouse, Phyllis Gattenby of Dodge City; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family C/O Doris Gattenby, 47515 Ciechanski, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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