Obituaries & Tributes
Donald L. Cadwell
date of birth May 22 1942
date of death February 23 2020
Donald LeRoy Cadwell of Mulino, Oregon passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020 following a cancer battle. He was 77.
Don was born May 22, 1942 in Eugene, Oregon to Clover and Harriet (Hanel) Cadwell. He graduated from North Marion High and attended Portland State. A persuasive speaker and writer, Don’s communication skills led to a career in labor relations. Don worked for various unions, including the AFL-CIO. He was a shrewd negotiator and was instrumental in forming many regional unions. He also worked as a State Mediator and legislative lobbyist. It was his honor to serve on the staffs of U.S. Senator Wayne Morse and U.S. Congressman Wendell Wyatt. In the '80s, Don managed a federally funded energy conservation program. He later sold residential real estate.
Don and his late wife Bobbi shared a deep love for their rural Mulino property and their horses, dogs and cats. Bobbi and Don taught country western dance lessons and turned heads on the Pendleton Elks dance floor during their annual pilgrimage to the Round-Up. Bobbi’s death in 2012 devastated Don, but he sought out grief groups and found an outlet in writing/sharing poetry. His faith and spiritual practice were also very important to him. As time passed, Don was able to help others dealing with their own grief. Many strong friendships were forged out of his loss and resiliency.
Don is survived by sons Donald Cadwell Jr. of Portland and Dan Cadwell of Williamsburg, VA; grandchildren Andrew, Shannon, Jane (Williamsburg) and Ben (Portland); sisters Judy Nibler of Salem and Carolyn Kather of Portland; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents; wives Bess Ash Cadwell (mother of Don Jr. and Dan) and Bobbi Shintaffer; and brother Jim Cadwell.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 5 from 2-4 pm at the Oregon AFL-CIO, 3645 SE 32nd Ave., Portland.
18 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Don Jr., Dawn and Ben Cadwell
Candle lit by Steven Gordon Sincere friend and amazing individual. May he rest forever in peace.
Candle lit by Cris and John Breshears Sending love to you.
Candle lit by Steve, Jodie and Jake Chrisman Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Candle lit by Hope Lyda
Candle lit by Charlene McMullan With love and prayers always, thank you for your dear friendship.
Candle lit by John, Kris, and Alec Fappas
Candle lit by Charlene McMullan With love and prayers always.
Candle lit by John Kyllo Don freely shared his grief journey so others could heal from their grief.
Candle lit by Carol Woodfint Don was a warm and lovely man. I consider him a blessing in my life, and wish for his family peace, healing, and happy memories.
Candle lit by Lisa Nergaard
Candle lit by Jeana & Lauren Love to you Uncle Don
Candle lit by Mike Miss u
Candle lit by Emileigh Coen Sending all the love
Candle lit by James I will miss our conversations, and your sense of humor. Rest in peace.
Candle lit by Casey and Michelle Storey Paradise with Bobbie
Candle lit by Lesa Coen To my best friend, where do I even begin.. : ) Our friendship came at a time when we both were feeling loss in our lives. What either of us realized is that this connection during this time, would bring about a "wonderful and rare" friendship. Even though I miss you dearly, I am so happy that you are joined with Bobbi again, "Made In Heaven." : ) Catch ya' on the "flipside."