Let the memory of Donald be with us forever.
  • 86 years old
  • Born on June 21, 1933 in Portland, Oregon, United States.
  • Passed away on September 9, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Donald Bridenbecker 86 years old , born on June 21, 1933 and passed away on September 9, 2019. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Claudia Bridenbecker on September 18, 2019
I will be forever thankful to Don for being so encouraging to Dan, his son, and to me also. He always spoke so highly of Dan, and by association, he thought well of me. He taught Dan the value of family, integrity, valuing what you have and caring for it. He taught Dan to be frugal with his money, but to know when it was the right time to splurge - when it meant something important. He was an important part of Dan's journey of faith by his involvement in the Men's Breakfast Group at his church, singing in the choir, and always reading the Bible. Through his life journey, he taught Dan to honor his marriage and work hard to keep it strong. I'm especially grateful for that particular lesson!
Posted by Claudia Bridenbecker on September 11, 2019
On Monday, September 9th, 2019, Donald “Don” Bridenbecker, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 86. Don was born June 21st, 1933, to Norman and Lillian Bridenbecker in Portland, OR. He graduated from Beaverton High School in June of 1951 and then attended the Oregon Institute of Technology. On June 19th, 1960, he married Gail Masters and they had one child, Daniel Bridenbecker. He worked at Alcoa Aluminum in Vancouver, WA from 1966 to 1986. On June 7th, 1986, Don married Shirley Haack and were married 33 years at the time of his death.

Besides his wives, Don had four passions in life – the Lord, cars, wine, and jazz. Don loved reading the Bible and joined the choir at every church he attended. He went to college to learn to work on cars and watched endless amounts of open wheel racing. Wine was not just something he drank, but he also enjoyed the entire wine making process from growing grapes to bottling. His love for jazz was so passionate that he taught many others to love it as well.

Don is survived by his wife Shirley Bridenbecker, his sister Linda Light, his children, Daniel Bridenbecker, Sheryl DeLagasse, Scott Haack, and many grandchildren, cousins, and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Family of Christ Lutheran Church at 3500 NW 129th St. Vancouver, WA. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to Family of Christ Lutheran Church.

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