Donald Ray Tummonds, Sr. died on May 27 in Bend of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

He was born on June 9, 1935, in Woodburn to Ray and Ruth Tummonds.

Tummonds grew up in La Grande, attending school there as well. He met Carol Johnson in Burns, and they were married on Sept. 2, 1955. He and his wife lived in Burns, La Grande, Salem, Milwaukie, Beaverton, Ontario, Canby, Tigard, Mulino, La Pine, Bend and most recently, Redmond.

Tummonds was employed by the Oregon Department of Transportation, and was the supervisor to the sign crew. After being stationed in Burns, Ontario, La Grande, Salem, Milwaukie and Sylvan, he retired in 1988.

He and his wife had three sons — Donald, Jr. in 1956, Paul in 1961 and John in 1966.

Tummonds enjoyed his retirement and spending time with his three granddaughters — Brittany, Brianna and Bryn. He took pride in teaching them how to hunt as he was an avid outdoorsman. He particularly enjoyed spending time with Bryn. Tummonds and his wife took many short R.V. trips with Bryn by their side.

Tummonds is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Don, Jr. and wife Rhonda of New Meadows, Idaho, and John and wife Michelle of Burns; granddaughters, Brittany, Brianna and Bryn; and sisters, Mayfie Brown, Dorothy Clark and Betty Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Ruth; and son, Paul.

A private family internment will be held on June 11 in Bend. A public memorial will be held on June 12 at 1 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church in Bend.

Autumn Funeral Home in Redmond is in charge of funeral arrangements.


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