Donald Eugene Laird


Jan. 3, 1958 — June 24 2017

Donald Eugene Laird, 59, died June 24, 2017, of natural causes, at his home in Warrenton.

Don was born in Sasebo, Japan, on Jan. 3, 1958, to Charles and Mary (Filliger) Laird, while his father was on active duty in the U.S. Navy.

Don attended Lewis & Clark District 5 Grade School, Astoria High School, and graduated from Warrenton High School in 1977. While in grade school he joined the school circus, under the direction of Max Bigby, as a fire-ater. Don was active in horsemanship in both 4-H and the Future Farmers of America. His talent of fire-eating earned him a trip to the FFA National Talent competition in 1973.

After high school, Don joined the U.S. Navy Seabees, and spent seven years in the service before being honorably discharged. Upon leaving the Navy, he had various jobs working with heavy equipment and driving truck, and he loved the work. He was most recently employed by Trails End Recovery, until he was forced to stop for medical reasons. His love for animals led him to spend some time volunteering at the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.

Don loved to dance, sing karaoke and was a talented photographer. He was married to Ruthetta Staulcup Torrez in the summer of 1986. They had no children, and later divorced.

Don was the fifth of six children, and leaves his siblings to mourn his death: Mary Briggs (Charles) of Tigard, Oregon, Richard Laird (Janne) of Vancouver, Washington, Liz O’Brien (Tim) of Portland, Oregon, Patty Hawk (Steve) of Big Lake, Alaska, and Mike Laird (Margi) of Seaside, Oregon. Cousins include Bill Fuller (Julie) of Seattle, Washington, Father John Fuller of Boston, Massachusetts, Jeffrey Fuller of Boulder, Colorado, Greg Filliger (Sue) of Seaside, Oregon, Jan Morrison of Warrenton, Oregon, Kelly Filliger of Ashland, Oregon, Scott Filliger of Warrenton, Oregon, Stu Laird (Cindy) of Bend, Oregon and Julie Laird of Fresno, California. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends, and his little dog, Julie.