The Obit For Don Stratton

Robert Stratton

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 24, 2012

Robert Donald Stratton aka Don or DFS Resident of Oregon, age 59, passed away due to massive stroke on June 15th at Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Don was surrounded by his immediate family, grandson, and nephew Brian Dodds. His siblings joined his bedside after death: Skip Stratton, Jim & Chris Stratton, Susan Stoner as well as niece Terri Dietlein.

He is survived by his wife, best friend, and "second brain" of 36 years, Lynda, and his four children; Jama, Carla, Austin and Hunter, as well as his four cherished grandchildren Caden, Maven, Jamason, Camille and his sidekick Cali-dog.

Born Aug 20, 1952, his fondest memories were of his childhood in Hermosa Beach and trips taken with his grandparents. His family relocated to Los Altos, CA. where he graduated high school and was drafted to major league baseball, eventually playing for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros. During a hiatus from baseball, Don met the love of his life in San Francisco and they were married. Soon after they started a family and moved for a better life in Scotts Valley.

Don was a devoted firefighter in Scotts Valley for 20 years and was awarded fireman of the year in 2003. Don relocated to Grants Pass in 2006 to build a family estate and enjoy the finer things in life.

Always entertaining, often inspiring, and totally cool; DFS was a cherished friend and devotee to his children and grandchildren.

Described as a champion for the underdog; a scholar of all things cosmic and spiritual; a prolific artist with a passion for gardening, philosophy, riding the grandkids around on his Mule, rock hounding, gold panning, surfing, refurbishing vintage cars and furniture, cooking, lifting weights, travelling in his motor home, riding his Harley and "tinkering" on projects.

He will be fondly remembered as a bearer of vast knowledge and optimism as well as a dealer of one-liner wisdom and quick-wit humor.

Don would have been adamant that people use the occasion of his passing to remember and celebrate life.

In lieu of flowers or donations, a memorial will be held by Jim Delucchi and the Scotts Valley Fire Department family at MacDorsa Park in Scotts Valley from 10 a.m. to noon.

We request that those who remember and cared about him share both a special memory and a drink in his honor. Preferably Coors Light, Jack Daniels, chocolate milkshakes or Monster Dad - your premature demise has left us stunned and saddened.

We will miss you so much but your legacy has brought us all closer and your humor and wisdom will live through each of us. We know you believed in finishing strong and living the best life possible; may your blue eyes never stop twinkling through the lives you saved with your organ donation and your service in the fire department. We love you.