BLOCK—Donald Bernard Block, age 92, died in the care of the Spruce Point Assisted Living Center in Florence, Ore., on Feb. 12, 2021.
Donald was a 1945 graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle, Wash. Upon his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. Having served 2 years in the service, he went on to earn an Airline Maintenance Degree from Northrup Aeronautical Institute in Los Angeles, Calif.
He later returned to Seattle, met and married Marlene Joy Lurie, and began a 45-year career in commercial aviation, logging over 20,000 hours of flight time traveling to many foreign countries in all 7 continents. He was a flight engineer for Northwest Airlines, Flying Tigers and World Airways, from which he eventually retired.
He flew many daring missions into the Far East during the Viet Nam war and helped fleeing refugees reach safety during the evacuation and eventual the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Donald was an accomplished sailor and enjoyed sailing his sailboat around the San Francisco Bay with friends and family. He was a 32nd Degree Shriner and received his 50-year pin of good standing from the Florence, Ore., Masonic Lodge #107.
In 1981, Donald married Barbara Aubian from Walla Walla, Wash., and they retired to the Oregon coast in Florence. There, he was active as a food share service volunteer, animal shelter volunteer and a member on the Board of Directors for Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue.
Donald is survived by his daughters Julie Block and Laurie Hutchings (Mike), his son Bruce Block (Bev), his stepdaughter Cherie Aubian (Nancy), five grandkids and eight great-grandkids.
He was buried in the Pacific Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Memorials can be made in his name to the Oregon Coast Humane Society, located at 2840 Rhododendron Dr. Florence, OR 97439.