Walter “Don” Chandler
Heaven just got a whole lot funnier!
On Saturday, January 11, 2020 Don Chandler lost his long battle with heart failure and diabetes.
Don was born July 11, 1943 in Paducah, KY to the late Ruby Darlene and Walter Duke Chandler. His legacy will live on through is little sister, Patricia Elliott and all of his 10 children and their spouses: Gary Chandler (Angela), Toni Hoke (Brian), Kelly Roach (Doug), Kyle Chandler (Shelly), Amber Snyder (Erik), Autumn Dunsmoor (Joe), Beau Chandler (Amanda), Nicolle Chandler, Summer Allen & David Chandler (Stephanie), along with his 23 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren.
Don grew up traveling back and forth across the country from KY, TX, MI & CA. His family finally settled in southern CA where Don played on the water polo team and performed plays at Bell Gardens High School where he graduated in 1962. After high school Don met the love of his life at a breakfast table, Donna May McAlroy. They married in 1964, and were blessed with 54 years until Donna passed January 20, 2018. They always wanted a large strong family and were blessed with 10 children.
Don worked for Meyercord which brought him up to Spokane during the epic winter of 1968. The snow couldn’t scare away this Clifornian. After moving a few more times they put their roots down in their forever home in Colbert, WA in 1977. Don was the quintessential traveling salesman. He sold items ranging from tax stamp machines, to janitorial supplies, car promotions to hot tubs and more. The highway and talk radio were always beckoning and he had more sales to make. “Just sold another one,” was one of his favorite sayings.
He took every opportunity to talk about his family, especially when he was traveling. He was a proud family man. When he was home, he was eagerly watching one of his kids, then later, grandkids in their sports activities. It was hard to be away however, the peace and quiet rejuvenated him when he came home to help his wife. He taught his family about taking the high road and being kind.
Watching movies was his passion. From old westerns to comedies or action. He spoke in movie quotes often. He took every opportunity to make someone laugh and the ultimate jokester. He had a quick wit and a comeback to every situation. He was a kind man, a good man, the kind that taught his kids to take the high road.
He loved music, especially 50’s, it kept him connected to his past, cruisin’ in his 1957 chevy bel air and hanging out on the beach. Don loved to dance. You would find him and his wife dancing in the kitchen even when there wasn’t any music playing.
Don loved playing basketball and at 5’9 he had to be creative with his shots. He found that his love of basketball introduced him to be a longtime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Their sense of community and strong family values were important and helpful when raising his family through the love of Christ.
He will always be remembered for his endless stories of his experiences , his family, and his life at the same time he loved to listen to what his friends and family were up to, their travels and what their passions were. He nearly always finished with a well worn joke.
Husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandpa, papa and friend
Dad, We Love You!
(Give Mom a big wet one for us) Dancing again with your Love
Don, it’s time…Make it so!