Donald Lee Mallon of Joseph died June 29, 2006, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. Mallon was born June 14, 1927, in Craig, Mo. to Charles E. and Elsie M. Bridgeman Mallon. The family moved to Colorado when he was two. From there they traveled to Lone Rock to help Mr. Mallon's grandfather and uncle with their sheep ranch.

In 1939, the family moved to Alder Slope, where Mr. Mallon attended two years of grade school. In 1941, they moved again to Joseph where he finished grade school and attended one year of high school. He served in the U.S. Army during the final years of World War II.

On August 29, 1948, he married Ruth "Anne" Homewood. She died in 1996.

He worked as a logger in his early years. He was later employed by Chief Joseph Lumber Mill until its closing. He then served as a police officer in Joseph, then started his own construction business until 1980 when an injury forced him to retire.

Mr. Mallon was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Elks and the VFW. He greatly enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking, playing cards and chess. He loved spending his time with family and friends, especially during holidays and family reunions.

Mr. Mallon is survived by son James E. Mallon of Navasota, Tex; daughter and son-in-law Linda K. and George Sweet of La Grande; sisters Marjorie Harrison of Griffin, Ga., Mabel Henderson of White Salmon, Wash., Ruby Zollman of Joseph, Leona Sherk of Vancouver, Wash. and twin sister Dorothy Lind of Walla Walla; brothers Ray Mallon of Joseph, and David Mallon of Pendleton; grandchildren Cari L. Sweet of Portland, Brandon M. Sweet of La Grande, Donald and Anita "Annie" Mallon of La Grande; four step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sisters Viola Sparks and Barbara Mallon; and brothers William "Bill" Mallon, Bob Mallon and Charles Mallon.

Memorial services have been held.

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