Donald Richard Fix “Fix Pix,” left this world on Oct. 29, 2017, to enter heaven. Donald was born Aug. 23, 1943, to Harley and Leola Fix in Eugene, Ore. He was the youngest of five children.
Don was an extremely hard worker, many times working a day shift and then playing music at night until 2 a.m. He was an accomplished welder and worked on numerous barges and cruise ships that still travel on the Columbia River. He also worked in the aluminum industry at both The Dalles, Ore., and Goldendale, Wash., plants.
Don was blessed with the gift of music; he could hear a song once and play it verbatim, he never did learn to read music. He was a professional guitar player and played lead for many local bands. He was especially proud of being in the Lee Anderson Band and winning the Wrangler competition for the state of Oregon. He was then able to travel to Nashville, Tenn., to the national competition to compete on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
Don wasn’t ready to completely retire so he went to work for The Dalles Chronicle delivering papers to South Wasco County. He traveled many miles and loved his customers and became great friends with the dogs that greeted him each day.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jake and Bob Fix; and sister, Maxine Workman.
Don is survived by his wife, Cecilia “CeCe” Fix of Dufur, Ore.; children, Jim (Juanita) Martin, Ken Martin, Kim (Don) Goff all of Miles City, Mont., Cristy Fix of Kennewick, Wash., Brian (Diane) Fix of The Dalles, Heather (Deric) Anthony of The Dalles, Justin (Tiffany) McLaughlin of Dufur; 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sister, Ina Glenn of Cottage Grove, Ore. and his Yorkie Terrier, “Izzy” and Silky Terrier, “Sondra.”
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
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