Donald Ray Arbogast

Born: Sun., May 6, 1956
Died: Sun., Jul. 19, 2020


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Donald Ray Arbogast was born May 6, 1956 to Ray Arbogast and Marva Coombes in Hanford, WA.  He passed away Sunday, July 19 th , 2020 in Richland, WA.

Don grew up in Pendleton where he attended school and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1974. He was a good student and a talented wrestler for the high school team. Post high school, he studied at Blue Mountain Community College, earning an Associate Degree in 1976. It was there that he met Elena Hernandez whom he married, adopting her three children, Evelynne, Jessica, and Jason. They would go on to have two sons Eric, and Ben. In 1979, Don received his dream job as a Police Officer, where he served the City of Pendleton for more than 20 years. In 1986, while working for the PPD, he returned to college and earned a Bachelors of Criminal Justice from Eastern Oregon University. Don and Elena divorced, and he would go on to marry Anny Herbes and they had a daughter, Jordan. In addition to being a police officer, Don also owned and operated a couple of businesses including a concrete construction company that he continued after leaving the Police Department. Don and Anny’s marriage came to an end and he eventually moved to Benton City, WA to work at the Hanford Nuclear Facility. In retirement, he returned to school and earned a Bachelors of Project Management at Columbia Basin College.

Don enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, river rafting and pretty much anything in the outdoors. An active, long-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Don was often involved with the church youth programs and helped plan numerous river rafting and camping trips. He loved doing odd jobs to serve his fellow church members, neighbors, and community and could often be found building something for someone else. Don was hard working, a trait he worked hard to instill in his children. He was very proud of his children and traveled great distances to attend their extracurricular activities, particularly wrestling matches for his sons and nephews, and musical events for his daughter.

Don is survived by his mother, Marva Lundquist; brothers Mike (Stephanie), Randy, and Tim (Yvonne), sister Tami Gauthier (Bob); children Eric (Erin), Ben (Josie), and Jordan Isbell (Steven); grand children Eva, Arley, Sophie, and Huck; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Ray Arbogast and sister Donna Marie Arbogast.

A private family celebration of life will be held (Due to COVID-19 restrictions). A public gathering will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rollin Schimmel Memorial Wrestling Foundation.

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Tricia Kelley Bertelson
   Posted Mon July 20, 2020
I enjoyed working with you at the Pendleton Police Department 1984 - 1990 - when I left for Montana. You were a good officer and a good man. Prayers are with your family and friends..... RIP Don...…. You will be missed......

Arne Swanson
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020
To Don's family,

Memories of school days, summer mischief, and growing up spark grins and a chuckle! Many years passed and we picked right up from where we left off. A truly pleasant human being who's life was far too short! As he enters the heavens with ease, I hope you're comforted also by great memories.

Arne Swanson

Jan Leonard
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
I was sorry to hear this and want to express my sympathy to Don's family.. Many memories come to mind while you attended school with my son's and I feel as though Ive known you since coming to Pendleton when you were just a small boy. I pray for comfort for your children and hope that Ill always remember the mischief that little guy would be doing when you were a small boy and always with a grin on your face. Rest in Peace Don....

Frank and Holli Prior
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
Don was a good example and a hard worker. We will always think of him as one who was first to sign up to help someone else. We loved our association with him in the Benton City Ward. We are offering so many prayers for comfort and peace to his family.

Craig Busskohl
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
So sorry to hear that Don has passed from this earth. Enjoyed rafting and soccer games with Jordan on the field. Always a fun time. Condolences to Jordan and the whole family and friends.

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