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Donald F. Mansfield

May 2, 1943 — July 21, 2020

Ellensburg, Washington

Donald F. Mansfield was born on May 2, 1943 in Tacoma, WA and passed away on July 21, 2020 in Ellensburg, WA at the age of 77.  Don was raised in Tacoma and spent several years involved in the Sea Scout program on board the S.E.S. Charles N. Curtis. He graduated from Stadium High School in the Class of 1961. Shortly after graduation he joined the Navy where he served on the USS Menhaden (SS377).  Following his service in the Navy, he moved to Ellensburg to attend Central Washington University. After obtaining a degree in business he then went on to attend the University of Puget Sound Law School and graduated in 1975. Don led a successful life which included working for Boeing and the Tacoma Fire Department. He co-owned the Pt. Defiance Go-Kart Track with his brother.  He spent 30+ years practicing law and specialized in Personal Injury. Don really enjoyed traveling whenever given the opportunity, but especially spending time at his condo on Mission Bay in San Diego and down in Mazatlán, Mexico.  Although he loved traveling, he would always retreat back to his first love, which was being on the water. Don was happiest when he was on board his yacht “Misty Dawn”. It is where you’d find him entertaining family and friends throughout the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and Canada. He volunteered thousands of hours as an adult leader in the Sea Scout program where he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and skills. He personally helped shape the lives of hundreds of youth who will never forget his kindness, patience, and desire to see them succeed in life. Don will also be remembered for his huge heart and genuine care for others. If there was someone in need, he would always be the first one to step up and lend a hand.  He was also known for trading items he didn’t necessarily need, in return for attorney fees because people could not simply afford representation.  Don loved watching the Seattle Mariners and had looked forward to the day that they’d finally win the World Series.  He also enjoyed laughing at Seinfeld reruns, drinking Diet Coke, watching sports, and playing cards at a casino. Don truly never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone.  His big hugs, kindness to others, and quiet and calm demeanor will be missed forever.  Don is predeceased by his Mother Florence M. (Johnson) Mansfield, Father John G. Mansfield and his wife Elaine (Webb). He is survived by his brother John Mansfield Jr., daughter Julie (Kevin), sons Ryan (Kari) and Jordan (Britta) and grandchildren Kelsi (Chris), Daniel, Maci, Riley and Brooke; and many lifelong friends he met along the way. Johnston & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Ellensburg has been entrusted with caring for Don's family.

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