In loving memory of Donald Canfield
Donald R. Canfield, 84, of Centralia, Washington, passed away peacefully at his home on October 24, surrounded by his wife, Elaine, son, Dwayne, and daughter-in-law, Carrie-Ann.
Don was born in Centralia, Washington, and was the youngest of six children. His sister, Lavonne, of Olympia, Washington, is his only surviving brother. Don was predeceased by his parents Emma and Joseph and his beloved stepfather Roy. His siblings who came before him were Richard, Gordon, Robert and his half-siblings Elizabeth and Helen.
As a young man, Don worked in the woods as a lumberjack, then served in the military for two years. Upon his return, he worked briefly in a plywood factory before becoming a union carpenter, where he worked for the rest of his career.
In 1955, when he was in his final year of high school, he met Elaine Hamilton when Elaine’s brother Jim brought him home. The two started dating the following summer, fell in love and at age 19 he married Elaine (Hamilton) Canfield, the only love of his life. For 63 years, they have built a life together. Within eight years, they had started a family, with twins, whom they called “the boys,” Darrin and Dwayne. Don was his family’s sole provider and he and Elaine spent most weekends supporting the boys at Ilwaco’s football games in Randle. Being a supportive father and husband was of the utmost importance to Don.
His son Dwayne Canfield lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Carrie-Ann Tkaczyk, near their three children, Madison Canfield, Blake Canfield and Coranna Akdemirbey. The second half of the “boys,” Darrin, passed away in 2020 and is survived by his wife, Tracy Canfield, and their two daughters: Briana Gray, who lives in Gig Harbor with her husband Robert Gray; and Taylor Little who lives in Chehalis with her husband Michael Little and their granddaughter, Cecelia.
Don had a quiet strength and wry humor that caught a person off guard and made them smile. He will be missed not only by his immediate family, but also by his extended family and friends who were strengthened by Don’s unwavering presence.
A Celebration of Life will take place on November 6, 2021 at The Gathering Place located just inside the Stillwater Estates in Centralia. Guests will begin to gather at 1 p.m. with a short ceremony at 2 p.m. followed by snacks and refreshments. The ceremony will be streamed on Facebook for those who cannot attend in person. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Don’s name to the Visiting Nurses Foundation, 222 S Pearl St., Centralia, Washington, 98531. For more information or to sign Don’s Tribute Wall, visit the Cattermole website Funeral Home at www. cattermolefh.com.