Michael Joseph Donovan


Walla Walla - Michael Joseph Donovan, 65, died December 3, 2010, at Miranda's Home Care in Walla Walla. Though he had requested that his fam-
ily have no formal service, they want to celebrate his life on Saturday, December 18, 2010, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 350 S. 2nd Avenue, Walla Walla.

Michael was born August 17, 1945, in Los Angeles, California, to John Gilbert and Mary Jane Donovan. He grew up and at- tended school in the Los Angeles area, moving to the Walla Walla area in 1972. He worked at Sam- bo's then at the Washington State Penitentiary for eight years. He also owned and operated a welding/machine shop business. He moved to Starbuck where he owned property on the Tucannon River. In 1995, he suffered a serious logging accident, leaving him paralyzed. He lived at Mountain Meadows in Walla Walla until his recent move to Miranda's Home Care.

Michael enjoyed making and collecting wrought iron pieces, working on old cars, leather work and welding art and enjoyed giving away every- thing he made. He was a long-time member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and had attended the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He is survived by two sons: Brian Donovan of Jacksonville, Oregon and Kevin R. Donovan of Walla Walla; his step-mother, Jean Donovan of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; sisters: Delvana Youngren of Cherry Valley, California and Cindy Wagner of Denton, Texas; step-sisters, Kathleen Seow of Midlothan, Virginia and Pauline Zahedi of Palm Harbor, Flor- ida; two brothers: Alvin Ferguson of Walnut, California and Charles Ferguson of Riverside, California; and five grandsons: Robin, Sheldon, Dustin, Cadman and Brendan.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Dennis Donovan; a sis- ter, Nancy Whaley; his father, John Gilbert Donovan; his mother, Mary Jane Ferguson; his step-father, Herman Ferguson, and a step-sister, Charlene Donovan.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to those who care for him during his last years. Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www. mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.


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