January 31, 1948 - June 1, 2018
Don Charles Kleinhesselink passed away June 1, 2018 surrounded by his closest friends and family. He was born January 31, 1948 in Sioux County, Iowa and grew up on a family farm.
Don was an independent thinker with a quick wit and a deep curiosity about history, art, politics, and the natural world. He made his own path in life and had a variety of careers in construction, historical research, urban planning, and as an entrepreneur. He was a jack-of-all-trades and knew how to fish, make wine, brew beer, grow tomatoes and berries, frame a house, keep bees, play instruments, and paint. He had degrees from Luther College and California State University San Bernardino.
He and his family moved to the Rogue Valley in 1990 where he owned Medical Express in Grants Pass from the mid-‘90s until 2012. He loved the beauty of Southern Oregon from the pastures and orchards in the valley to wilderness of the mountains. He especially loved hunting chanterelles in the woods by Prospect and watching the waves of the Pacific crash against the rocks at Cape Arago.
Don was an affectionate father, husband, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Becky; his children, Yori Oyloe of Seattle, Joanna Noyer of Medford, Andy of Los Angeles, and Dana of Berkeley; and his cat, Bigzy. Never one to leave a party early, Don’s sense of humor and stories of his adventures will live on.