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“Don, may you rest in peace and know that you are so loved and will be missed. Thanks for all the joy you brought to my life. I will never forget...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Maryann Dougherty - Friend

“The view from up there must be spectacular, peaceful and all love! What a missing part of our family you now are yet what a legacy you've left us to...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Walter & Isabella Ryan - CA

“Special Delivery to Heaven please.... Dearest Don, where do I start? Thank you for being an amazing partner, mentor and husband to my sister Mary. ...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Kathleen - Tehachapi, CA

“You will be missed dad! XO ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Jacqueline B Pehkoff - Father

“My father was a wonderful, kind, caring person. He had a huge heart and loved animals very much. He will be missed so much. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Jacqueline Barclay Pehkoff - CA

“I will always love you, Mr. Don, not only for the way you lived your life, but for the way that you loved my sister and the way that she loved you. ...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Joanne davis - Sister in law

“Rest in Peace, Donald. We will all miss you. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Reid, Mary and Sean - Friends

“I will always love you .... A wonderful brother-in-law and friend- most importantly- the love of my sister's life. Thank you , Don, for everything. ...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Joanne davis - Sister-in-law

“Don will be missed so very much, and I will love, honor and respect his memory and his love for my sister through all my days. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: nancy scott - Sister-in-law

“Will miss your fantastic wit, humor and intelligence! You meant the world to me and you will be so missed! Have fun in heaven with my Mom= Grammy,...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Andi Serros - San Clemente, CA

“In loving memory ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Pamela Mahoney - Friend

“Dad I'll always love you the most! Say hello to Mr.Baily, Norma Gene(Mom) and Gayl. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Cathlyn Pehkoff Hoffman - CA

“Dad I'll always love you the most. Say hello to Norma Gene(Mom)and Gayl. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Cathlyn Pehkoff Hoffman

“Mr. Don was an amazing man. I will love him forever. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Mary B. Ryan-Pehkoff - Wife

“I was fortunate enough to spend 4 days with Don just last month. I will miss his true wit and ever sarcastic side! Rest in peace, "Mister Man" ...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Julie Ryan - Mesa , AZ


Donald Malcom Pehkoff of Mission Viejo Ca, 89, made his journey to peace on Sunday, November 24,2013, surrounded by his wife Mary and his four adult children.

Donald was born on August 24, 1924 in Oxnard, California, the only child to Konstantin and Suzanne Pehkoff . He attended Beverly Hills High School and shortly after graduation was called to serve his country in World War II. Upon returning from the war, Donald then went on to earn a BA in English Literature at the University of California at Los Angeles where he met and married Norma Jean Nelson. After graduation, Donald was employed by Ethicon, a division of Johnson and Johnson, as a Sales Representative of surgical supplies to hospitals in California and Arizona. He excelled in his sales career and was often recognized as a top salesman. During this time, Donald and Norma had three children, Dan, Cathleen (AKA Woody) and Nancy.

Donald would later meet and marry Gayle Chase-Nixon and have one child, Jacqueline (aka Jackie).

In 1981, Donald met Mary Ryan with whom he would spend the next 32 years. Together they created a life of love, travel and a thriving business.

In the early morning on Sunday, November, 24, 2013, Donald left us but not without memories that will live on forever.

He is survived by his wife Mary and his children, Dan Pehkoff, Cathleen Hoffman, Nancy Howell, and Jacqueline Pehkoff and his five grandchildren.

Service will be held December 15, 2013 at:

Crescent Bay Park

Laguna Beach, Ca.

Please join us for a celebration of Donald's life at

the home of: Maria Chapman

1117 Miramar St

Laguna Beach Ca 92691

In lieu of flowers please donate to the

San Diego Zoological Society in remembrance

of Donald Pehkoff.

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