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Don Naught



Don Naught was born to L.D. (Toppy) and Elsie (Roberts) Naught December 17, 1928 at his Aunt May's home in Mabton, WA and died at his home in Bickleton surrounded by family and loved ones April 15, 2014. He was raised in the Bickleton area of Klickitat County, attended grade school at the Donaho School and graduated from Bickleton High School. Don rode horseback to school all 12 years no matter what the weather.

He married his high school sweet heart Dorothy Kreutzkamp May 3, 1947 in Olympia, WA.

Don worked for farmers until 1950 when he and Dorothy and baby Kitt moved to Arizona, where he worked at various jobs until 1952 when they moved back to the family farm in Bickleton, where Clint, Edna and Tom were born. They lived on the family ranch until January 1955 when Don moved his family to Republic where he and his uncle Barney Roberts logged.

In 1959, he moved his family back to Klickitat County, living first in Goldendale then south of Centerville. In 1960, the family moved to the Jess Wherry ranch on Dot Road where baby No. 6, Peggy, was born. They moved back to Centerville in the spring of 1961 and Don continued logging for Bert Wilkins. A final family move was made in the summer of 1965 when they moved back to the family ranch southwest of Bickleton where Don raised cattle and wheat and continued to reside until his death.

Don's greatest love was his wife and family, followed by logging, team roping, teaching kids to ride and rope and anything having to do with horses. Don knew the Bickleton area like the back of his hand and always enjoyed helping his neighbors ride for and work their cattle.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother Frank Naught and is survived by his wife Dorothy, children, Kitt Tallman of Goldendale, Clint (Sally) Naught of Cleveland/ Bickleton, Edna Read of Goldendale, Thomas Naught of Portland, Ore., Fred (Cari) Naught of Cheney, Wash., and Peggy (Jim) Woodard of Goldendale; grandchildren Donita Brownlee, Mikki Naught, Selena Naught, Cory Naught, Dusty (Brandie) Read, Becky (Luke) Baumeister, Renee (Lloyd) Tommila, Hillary (Aaron) Fitch, Katherine (Trevor) VanZanten, Jennifer Homer, Travis Naught, Shelby Naught, Joey (Rachel) Shirley and Joshua Shirley; Great grandchildren Jessa, Emma, Wyatt, Andy, Sam, Megan, Dawson, Calvin, Anthony, Tabitha, Henry, Frankie, Amber, Dalton, Shea, Sonora, Dominic, Pepper, Lincoln, Jasmyne, Zack, Brytnee, Ryder and Clara and Great-great grandchildren Cedar and Iris; Honorary children Serena (Mike) Williams, Martha (Neal) Slater, Patsy (Clifford) Nygaard, Gale (Randy) Blankenship, Lana (John) Stomieroski, Frank and Margaret Collins and all their families and numerous, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and strays. Don and Dorothy have provided a loving home for a multitude of children over the years and Don will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bickleton Fire Department, the Carousel Museum, Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic Association or a charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11 a.m., at the Bickleton Evangelical Church in Bickleton, Wash. Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


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