Donald Drake passed away Dec. 1, 2002, at a private care facility in Buhl, Idaho.
He was born March 1, 1914, at American Falls, Idaho. His family moved from American Falls to the Twin Falls area in the spring of 1924. Mr. Drake went to high school in Twin Falls and graduated from Filer High School in 1933. He attended the University of Washington, graduating in June 1942 with a degree in electrical engineering. He moved to Boston to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate school. During World War II he worked through MIT for the Navy on a team that developed radar and LORAN.
After the war he worked for Standard Oil Co. in Richmond, Calif. designing a new refinery, then worked for Northrup Aircraft.
Due to health problems, he moved back to the family home on South Whidbey Island. The family lived on the ranch for 58 years. In 1997 he moved to live with his sister Peg Dodson.
He is survived by his children, David Drake and DeeDee, with their families in California; a sister, Peg Dodson, Twin Falls, Idaho; and Richard Drake of Clinton.