Former Douglas resident Don Louis Cafferata, 75, died Dec. 30, 2004, after a short illness at St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka, Calif. He was surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.
He was born Sept. 29, 1929, and was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended the University of Cincinnati. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1950-1953 on board the USS Mackinaw, Tampa and Nike. His love of Alaska brought him to Juneau in 1973 to work on the construction of the Hilton Hotel, Augustus Brown swimming pool, laboratory facilities for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and many other construction projects throughout Southeast Alaska.
He loved Alaska and lived in Douglas for more than 20 years before retiring to Eureka, Calif. As a 50-year member of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Don was proud of his contributions to many construction projects such as the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, various construction projects on many west coast university campuses and several large power plants in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania. As all of his friends knew, his lifetime passions included long driving trips, visiting every state in the U.S. except Hawaii, and most areas of Western and far Northern Canada. He was also an avid football, baseball and ice hockey fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Gretchen Opelt Cafferata of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his grandparents, Dominick and Maria Cafferata, and Frederick and Ethel Opelt.
He is survived by his loving wife, Zona Goshorn Cafferata. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29, 2004. He is also survived by his three loving daughters and son-in-laws; Dona and Jeff Yarnall of Tualatin, Ore., Linda and Ben Roguska, of Juneau, and Carol and Roger Sperber of Douglas; as well as his grandchildren, Jason Yarnall of Rohnert Park, Calif., Julie Yarnall of Portland, Ore., Don Andrew, Samantha, Benjamin, Ryan and Sarah Roguska, all of Juneau, and Matthew and Michael Sperber of Douglas.
His family says, "Don will be sorely missed by his family and friends."
A memorial service was held in Eureka, Calif. on Jan. 4, 2005.