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Donald Ralph White
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Born August 29, 1924 in Argenta, Illinois, to Naomi and Ralph Douglas White. Passed peacefully on July 6, 2018 in the comfort of his Elk Grove home and surrounded by the love of his family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary, in 2009, after 64 years of marriage. He served in the US Army from 1943 to 1946, stationed in both the US and Japan. He and Mary were married on March 9, 1945. When he returned from the service he began working for the Decatur Signal Depot, where he worked until it closed in January 1962. At that time he and his family moved to Sacramento, where he worked for the Army Depot until his retirement in 1979. He always enjoyed working with his son-in-law Tony on Tony’s family dairy in Elk Grove, and it became a full-time “hobby” after his retirement. He was devoted to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. For many years Don and Mary spent summers with their family and friends in Elk Grove and winters with their friends and “family” in Yuma, AZ. Don is survived by his loving daughter RuthAnn Machado (Tony), and son Doug (Carol), as well as grandchildren Douglas Machado (Michelle), Troy Machado (Durita), Melissa Abernathy, and Jeffrey White (Ella). He also leaves his great-grandchildren Trevor and Maddison Machado, Rex and Reed Machado, and Gianna and Aria White; his sisters Pauline Parker and Betty Kaufman of Illinois, and many “adopted” children and grandchildren, family, and friends. He was a life-long St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers fan. The family would like to thank his very patient caregiver, Jason, as well as UCDavis Hospice. A celebration of Don’s long and wonderful life will be held at Florin United Methodist Church (7560 Florin Road) on Wednesday, July 11 at 11:00 AM. Arrangements by East Lawn Mortuary


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