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8/20/2014 5:59:00 PM
Donald H. Herbert 1926 - 2014
Donald H. Herbert1926  2014
Donald H. Herbert
1926 2014

Aug. 10, 2014, Dr. Donald Hal Herbert completed his stay on Earth and peacefully entered the House of the Lord, where he was met by eternal love. Don was born April 10, 1926, in Spokane, the son of Donald Hugh Herbert and Hazel Close.
Don grew up in Spokane where he was a lifelong learner, attending Lewis and Clark High School then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. At war's end, he came home to attend and graduate from Gonzaga University. It was at a school dance that Don met the soon-to-be love of his life, a nursing coed, Marie Groot. It was love at first sight and they were inseparable for the next 65 years.
After their wedding, the newlyweds moved to Forest Grove, Ore., where Donald graduated from Pacific University with a Doctorate of Optometry in 1958.
With their ever-growing family, the Herberts moved to Othello in 1959. Their new business was opened on South First Avenue, where his neighbors were PenWay Department Store, Tim's Shoe Horn and Freddie's Café. At this time, Othello was a prosperous and thriving community.
Don was deeply religious and met each day with a smile on his face and a love for all in his heart. His family, children and grandchildren were the light of his life, as he would beam with pride at their mention. He never met a person he did not like and would always extend an open hand to those less fortunate.
His hobbies included golf, where he was a charter member of the Othello Golf Course, riding his Harley motorcycle and any event that included his grandchildren.
Don is preceded in death by five sisters and one brother. He is survived by wife Marie Herbert; brother Hugh Herbert, Missoula, Mont.; daughters Colleen Herbert, Everett, Pam (Van) Caryl, Edmonds, Mary (Mike) McCourtie, Othello, and Carrie (John) Wenala, Seattle; and sons Craig Herbert, Shoreline, and Mark (Julie) Herbert, Missouri City, Texas. He had 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at Stevens Funeral Chapel Friday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bob Luhn officiating. Final resting place will be at Bess Hampton Memorial Gardens in Othello. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.
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