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ROSS, Donald M.
ROSS, Donald M. Passed away at home in Lancaster, California on May 3, 2013, at the age of 96. Donald is predeceased by his wife, Irene A. Ross. They were married in Dayton, Ohio on December 23, 1939. Donald is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Ilene McLaughlin and her husband, James of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and his son, Gary M. Ross and his wife, Christine of McKinleyville, California. In addition, Donald is survived by grandchildren Justin M. Ross, Ashley M. Ross, and Audria Meyers, as well as great-grandchildren Robert McLaughlin, Rowan McLaughlin, Diedre McLaughlin and Kaitlin McLaughlin. Donald was born in Portland, Oregon, May 31, 1916, the son of Mabel E. Ross and John M. Ross, a World War I veteran. Donald grew up in the small town (pop. 500) of Sutherlin, Oregon. After graduating from Sutherlin High School in 1934, he went on to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1939. In November, 1939, he gained employment at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, where he worked for 20 years, engaged in performing research and development of aircraft engines, including rocket engines. As a result of his work on rocket engines, Ross co-authored the book (4th Edition) Rocket Propulsion Elements, by George P. Sutton and Donald Ross. Don retired after 12 years as Deputy Director of the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards Air Force Base. Wherever Don lived, he was engaged in community service. His most beloved service was dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America - 10 years in Dayton, Ohio and 10 years in Lancaster, California. He also served for 32 years as a trustee for the Antelope Valley College, including five times as president of the board. He served with the Antelope Valley School Boards Association, and was a member of the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization. Other organizations benefitted from his association as well. These included the Antelope Valley Symphony Association, the Antelope Valley Cultural Foundation, Milestones of Flight Museum, and the Antelope Valley Antique Automobile Club. Service to the City of Lancaster included three major committees: the Visual and Performing Arts Committee (Chairman) formulating a master plan/layout of the multi-facility complex, the General Plan Advisory Committee drafting Lancaster City's first General Plan, and the Civic Center Site Development Committee. Donald's primary hobby involved the restoration of antique autos and their use in parades, car-group tours and automobile shows. The celebration of life for Donald will be held at Lancaster United Methodist Church 918 West Avenue J, Lancaster, California at 1 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2013, with Reverend W. 'Terry' Van Hook officiating. A reception will take place in the church's hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Antelope Valley College Foundation - Irene Ross Scholarship Fund, Grace Resources, Lancaster, California, Salvation Army, Lancaster, California, Lancaster United Methodist Church, Lancaster, Calif. Arrangements entrusted to Halley Olsen Murphy, Lancaster. www.homlancaster.com

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