Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Donald Ross Memorial
Donald Ross Memorial

Donald Ross

Donald Ross

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, Donald A. Ross, Sr., loving husband and father of four, laid down his working tools at the age of 90.  He was born November 6, 1931 in Sedro-Woolley, WA. Don was raised in Concrete, went to Concrete grade school and High school.  He graduated from Western Washington University (College at that time) and returned to Concrete to work in the family business, the State Bank of Concrete.

He married three times, had an additional foster child, 5 stepchildren, 14 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Don loved the Upper Skagit Valley and its residents, dedicating himself to a life of community service there. He was an active leader in the Mount Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America for several decades as well as the Campfire Girls, a deacon in both the Presbyterian and Lutheran churches in Concrete and Sedro Woolley, and a Mason of the 32nd degree and Nile Shriner.  He was a US Army Veteran. As a lifetime active ham radio operator, K7OYP, Don trained for community safety and helped create an area communication network that is in place today.  He loved woodworking, camping, hiking, classical music and opera. A multi-faceted man who will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Ross, of Mount Vernon; his children; steps-grands; great-grands.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings; first two wives, Harriet Ross and Elsie Ross; one infant son; and one grandson.

A Graveside service will be held at 1:00, at Forest Park Cemetery in Concrete, WA on Saturday, July 30, 2022, followed by a reception at the CCD center, 45590 Limestone St. Concrete, WA.

Please direct any memorials, donations to Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church or any charitable organization.  Share your memories of Don and sign the online guest register.


  • Tracy Handyside

    For many years Don stood front and center as one of the pillars in our up-river Skagit County community. I often thought of him as having an invisible hand directing positive influence. A true role model and mentor whom I will always cherish.

  • Barb Askland

    Thanks for welcoming us into your family with such unconditional love. You were a great dad and granddad to us. You will be missed!


  • Sherry Buller

    You were a lovely man with a heart of gold. I found these words and it says what is on my heart.

    A beautiful memory, Dearer then gold of an Uncle whose worth can never be told. There is a place in my heart no one can fell. I miss you, Uncle Don, and always well! ❤️

  • Kate Nims

    Don helped me with my first auto loan.
    You couldn’t find a nicer guy. And a great asset to Concrete.
    I know he is going to be missed.
    Charlie, I enjoyed all the moments you shared with your dad on Facebook. ❤️

  • zeke ross

    The world lost a great man, our family lost the best . He was also the best boss I could have had in my 32 plus years at the bank, and the greatest Uncle ever. With great sadness, I will miss him very much, Until we meet again Uncle Don.

  • Bill Chase

    Always remembered. A very good person from a very good family. Always enjoyable and fun to be with. Thanks for the memories.

  • Vivian Summers (Dills)

    He was a great man and raised great children. Very nicely written memorial also. Will be hinting about all of you.

  • Charlie Ross

    Dad you taught me so much, I couldn’t begin to list everything…

    You set the standard with love, honesty, integrity and discipline.

    Every second we spent was priceless and those where our memories to keep.

    There was no question where we stood with one another in our relationship and I thank you for that!

    I couldn’t have asked for a better Father than you..

    Until we ALL meet again.

    Thanks your son Charlie

  • Karen Peebles

    Don, thank you for always being there for us. You gave more love to your 3 new daughters then you knew. May God Bless you. Until we meet again May God hold in his hands. Love you always and forever. Karen.

  • Ashley Nord

    Thank you for always being there to guide and teach me. My heart is heavy with the love you shared. I will miss you everyday until we meet again. Rest easy grandpa. Love Ashley

  • Lisa Davis

    Don, thank you for marrying my Mom and always treating me as one of your own. I love and miss you. Lisa

  • Megan karper

    I’ll miss you everyday grandpa, I’ll never forget your hugs and watching your shows with you, wandering around your plum & Apple, & pear trees or going swim in the hot tub. Or waving us goodbye at the airport to start our new adventure in OH. You were simply the best; I know you’re always with us ❤️

  • Maria Karper

    Dad I lost a piece of my heart with your passing. You were an inspiration to many a incredible listener and a protective father, grandfather. I will always cherish the time we spent together from working together or explaining how to fix something and our Sunday calls. You are missed until we meet again. Love Maria