On Friday, July 16, 2021, Donald W. Seablom — husband, father, son, and grandfather — passed away unexpectedly at the age of 72. Or, as he would often say, he “gave up the ghost.”
Don was born in Eugene on Aug. 17, 1948, and worked in the local community his entire life. In high school, he began work at Safeway as a box boy, working his way to manager of the 8th and Gibbs location. In 1992 he began a successful career in construction, building many beautiful custom homes before his retirement in 2020.
Don married Shelley Snook on Feb. 12, 1972, at 6th and Gibbs. They had five children and raised them all in the home they built on Sears Road.
Don Seablom believed if something was worth doing, it was worth overdoing. If he built your house, every detail was perfect. His garden overflowed and grew bigger each year. A small parking lot fireworks show became an annual community event. And if a person was in need, he would find a way to quietly help.
Don loved hunting, traveling, the outdoors, babies, reading, gardening, family dinners, and his friendships. Headlights coming down the driveway to drop in for a visit would send him to the front deck, “quick like a bunny.” He had a twinkling smile and an unforgettable handshake.
Don was devoted to Delight Valley Church of Christ. Since 1974 he has spent almost every Sunday in service to the congregation. Many Saturdays were committed to the church grounds, and countless hours were spent in practical outreach and assistance to the community.
Don is survived by his mother, five siblings, his wife Shelley, their five children, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. His life was “a thing of beauty and a joy to behold.”
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 24 at Delight Valley Church of Christ. Contributions can be made to the church or given silently and with love to anyone in need.
Arrangements in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove, Ore.