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Donald Laverne Hardman

January 29, 1919 February 2, 2019
Donald Laverne Hardman
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Don was born Jan 29, 1919 to William Jennings Hardman and Nellie A. Gall in Ellendale, Dickey County, North Dakota. He passed away in his sleep on Feb 2, 2019 at The Rivers of Puyallup, a retirement home. He was predeceased by his wife Joyce of nearly 76 years and a son Robert. Don is survived by his daughter Sharon Forslund (Dennis), three brothers, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

Don was raised from age 10 to 17 by John and Bessie Bagley in North Dakota. In 1935 he left North Dakota with his Dad for southern Idaho where his dad put him in the Civilian Conservation Corp, an innovative federally funded organization that put thousands of Americans to work during the Great Depression on projects with environmental benefits. It was in Idaho where he met Joyce Smith. They married July 16, 1941. In 1950 the family moved to Washington eventually buying a home June 1955 in Normandy Vista near Burien. It was there Don began his career working for the Vanderpol family at Peninsula-Oak Harbor. He was an active Teamster member. In 1970 Don was elected to the Executive Board of 741and three more times thereafter serving as a Trustee for 11 years. Don retired from Peninsula Truck Lines in 1981. He then served as a delegate to the National Convention. He loved being a Teamster and served for over 35 years. Don Hardman was known as “A Teamster's Teamster".

After retirement Don and Joyce bought an RV and enjoyed years of travel throughout Oregon, California and Arizona. They lived in Otis near Lincoln City, Oregon several years before moving in 1993 to Twin Cedars in Federal Way, Washington where they lived for 24 years. Don served as President of the Twin Cedars Residents Association. He made many lasting friendships. He and his wife found the need to move in May 2017 to Brookdale Senior Living in Puyallup. Brookdale renamed The Rivers at Puyallup was a comfortable place to live independently.

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