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Donald J. Tilton

May 19, 1944 November 25, 2010
Donald J. Tilton
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Donald J. "Don" Tilton May 19, 1944 - Nov. 25, 2010 Donald J. "Don" Tilton passed away in Crescent City, CA on Thursday, November 25, 2010. He was 66. Don was born May 19, 1944 in Toledo, OH to John and Helen (Grezinger) Tilton. He grew up and attended school there, Don had a lifetime love of knowledge beginning with the study of Agriculture at Ohio State University and continuing to the earning of his Juris Doctorate from Howard Taft University. Don married Janice Kaufman in Columbus, OH on October 3, 1964. They owned a farm for several years raising beef cattle before Don became a chef and got into the restaurant business. They later moved to Brookings in 1982 where Don started the Touch of the Past Restaurant. He later worked at Good Samaritan Society - Curry Village and oversaw the building of Jerstad Manor. After receiving his Juris Doctorate he opened his own paralegal service, Pacific Legal Alternatives. His dream was to assist people with problems; possibility limited finances that could not ordinarily obtain professional legal help. He listened to their problems, helped if possible and referred them to one of his many Lawyer friends if unable to assist them; he said he just wanted to help people. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and was very active in the community including the Azalea Festival Parade. He always said that it couldn’t “Rain on his Parade”. Don was a past president of Brookings-Harbor Rotary Club and was extremely proud to be a Rotarian. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Janice of Brookings, daughters, Tamera Brooks and her husband, Robert of Brookings, Tera Fox and her husband, Craig of Portland, son, Geremy Tilton and his companion, Jackie Irons of Brookings, grandchildren, Adam and Zach Siebert, Claudia and Nicholas Fox, great grandchildren, Alison Siebert and Cadence Tilton, his step-mother Barbara Tilton and sister Judy Knight. Don was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawn in 1986. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Society - Curry Village, 1 Park Avenue, Brookings, OR 97415. No ceremony will be held. Condolences may be expressed as well as the guestbook signed online at

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