Donald Lee Canaday 1944 - 2023

We are sad to announce that Donald Lee Canaday fell asleep in death on January 12, 2023, at home with his family. He was 78 years old, born on September 19, 1944, in rural Clark County, Washington. The fourth of six children, Donald was the son of Clifford and Mayme Canaday.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Everett, Gayle and Paul; and his sister, Lois Kaiser. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; a sister, Gean Vandehey of Hammond, Oregon; brother-in-law, Gary Acuff and his wife Roxanne of Sheridan; and sister-in-law, Joanne Jones of McMinnville, Oregon; along with many nieces and nephews.

Don was raised and went to school in Hillsboro. In 1965, he met and married Shirley from McMinnville; after a year or so of living in Hillsboro and Cornelius, they moved to the McMinnville/Amity area. Don worked in the manufactured home industry, for Harshman Construction and also his own lawn maintenance business, which he thoroughly enjoyed. However, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, his greatest joy was found volunteering his time with his wife in sharing a message of hope from the Bible with neighbors. Over the years, they became acquainted with many wonderful people.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 21, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2010 E. Tilbury St. McMinnville.
Don died comforted with the resurrection hope.



Don was a very kind and loving person. He was a very genuine person that loved his creator. It showed in his daily life. Not only how he devoted his life to him, but also in his service to others. He will be remembered!


I spoke with Mr. Canaday, about a year ago and asked him if he remembers me, I told him my name, and he said he did, we worked at Bendix later, called Rex mobile homes he was a foreman for, to tell you the truth I am not sure which part of the mobile home construction, but I always liked him, and he was always very respectable, a very nice man, and I always remember him as a very very fine man! May he always rest in peaceā€¦

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