Donald LeRoy Coghill, Sr., 74, of Medford, Ore., passed away peacefully at his home May 13, 2011, after a courageous 2 1/2-year battle with cancer. He was born on January 14, 1937, in Medford, to the late Roy and Lois Coghill.
Donald grew up in Talent, Ore., and graduated from Talent High School in 1955. While in school, he lettered in many sports, including baseball and football. He pitched for the state co-championship team in 1954.
After graduation, Don began a 35-year career with Pacific Northwest Bell as a lineman and retired in February 1990 as a construction manager.
In April 1955, Don married Liz (Betty Ann) Taylor. They had three children. While raising their family, they enjoyed many years at the family cabin at Lake of the Woods. They were later divorced.
In 1987, Don married Jan Swicegood. Together they built a 1932 street rod and enjoyed many years of fun. Driving his car was the joy of Don's life. He and Jan met a lot of wonderful friends and traveled to many events throughout the country. He built the shop of his dreams and loved spending time in it. Don was a very talented person. He could fabricate and create anything, from pedal cars to race cars.
Don belonged to many clubs, including The Road Knights, Motorcycle Riders Association, Oregon Drag Racing Association and Rogue Valley Street Rods.
Don is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jan; stepmother, Sybil Coghill; sisters, Carol (Monty) Wray and Nancy (Jack) Barrett; children, Deb (Jeff) Wilson, of Medford, Lori (Tip) Quinowski, of Medford, Don (Martha) Coghill, Jr., of Grants Pass, Ore., Eric (Jodie) Gough, of Rio Vista, Calif.; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Eagle Point Grange, 5 South Shasta Avenue, Eagle Point, Ore., at 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Janie, 541-899-9948, or Diane, 541-779-8431.
Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Don's family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Dibb and all of the special people at Hematology and Providence Hospital.